Before Night Falls Reviews

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Top Critic
March 19, 2002
June 11, 2001
June 4, 2001
In uniting to honor Arenas, Bardem and Schnabel create something extraordinary.
March 12, 2001
Clearly this is Bardem's show. And Bardem walks away with it.
February 23, 2001
It's a struggle not just to make art but to exist, which is itself an art. And to that goal, the cast members, led by the astonishing Bardem, allow themselves to be devoured by the roles they are playing.
February 23, 2001
Though Schnabel's first picture, Basquiat, was notable for its excess and self-indulgence, the filmmaker shows restraint and maturity in this moving depiction of Arenas's life and loves.
February 23, 2001
Soulful, deeply moving.
February 23, 2001
Consistently intriguing and surprisingly entertaining.
February 23, 2001
The best American movie since American Beauty.
February 17, 2001
A visually arresting, well-acted biopic that would be better in Spanish.
February 9, 2001
The main reason to see Before Night Falls is Bardem, one of the few modern actors with real animal appeal and the guts to show it.
February 7, 2001
Bardem hasn't the charisma to bring variety to Arenas or his plight.
February 7, 2001
Schnabel has fashioned a dense, emotionally satisfying portrait of a man, a time and a place.
February 2, 2001
A prosaically inspirational and passionate work, a celebration of the artistic impulse as a surging force of nature.
February 2, 2001
Always watchable and often engrossing.
February 2, 2001
Arenas is not presented as a cliche, as the heroic gay artist crushed by totalitarian straightness, but as a man who might have been approximately as unhappy no matter where he was born.
February 2, 2001
It's the emotional and spiritual arc of an exile, in all its terrible isolation, that gives Before Night Falls its power.
February 1, 2001
Gives you a sense of Arenas' life, and the time and place in which he lived, that's as vivid as you're likely to experience in a movie biography.
January 26, 2001
Before Night Falls is such a vivid experience that it holds you fully in each moment.
January 26, 2001
Before Night Falls lays bare not just the cruelty of Cuba's totalitarianism but its spiritual essence.
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