Before Sunrise (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Before Sunrise (1995)



Critic Consensus: Thought-provoking and beautifully filmed, Before Sunrise is an intelligent, unabashedly romantic look at modern love, led by marvelously natural performances from Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.

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Richard Linklater wrote and directed (along with Kim Krizan) this charming film concerning two young people who meet briefly on a train traveling through Europe who enjoy talking to each other so much that they decide to spend a few hours together until they depart for different destinations. Linklater, in the style of Eric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette, assumes intelligence on both the part of his characters and his audience, content in his belief that idle conversation between a man and a woman is more of a turn-on than sex. Jess (Ethan Hawke), an American traveling through Europe, meets the French beauty Celine (Julie Delpy) on a train. Jesse is headed to Vienna, where he is flying back to America the next morning. Celine, for her part, is heading off to Paris, where she is starting classes at the Sorbonne. From the moment they catch each other's eye they are immediately attracted to each other. They have a meal in the lounge car and enjoy each other's conversation so much that when they arrive in Vienna, Jesse convinces Celine to accompany him and wander the Vienna streets until the time for his plane to depart. And as they talk and walk through Vienna, they fall in love.

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Critic Reviews for Before Sunrise

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (6)

There's a vulnerable undercurrent beneath this film, one that beats and throbs with the stolen looks, brief touches and romantic under-the-stars kisses.

April 20, 2015 | Full Review…

Undoubtedly one of the most romantic movies of all time...

July 22, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

...a bittersweet celebration of romantic frisson - the notion that our most precious moments of connection are often the fleeting ones.

May 28, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Two strangers quickly fall in love, discuss big ideas.

May 28, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Linklater captures romance at the sunset of gadget-free existence ... holy moments when no gadget or lens comes between us and our immediate company and surroundings.

April 8, 2013 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The combination of optimism, tragedy, and the fuzzy warmth of new love is absolutely flawless.

September 10, 2012 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Before Sunrise

One of my favorite movies of all time. This is what great romance movies are made of. The story is not that complicated: it's just two strangers who meet on a train and spend the rest of their day (and night) together. The dialogue feels very natural, almost like we're evesdropping on a real conversation. There are so many scenes and bits of dialogue from this movie that I loce and that ring true to my own (or anyone's) life. It is truly a hidden gem and a pleasure to rewatch every other year.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah......... yawwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnn. Wonder why so many people like it so much!!! This surely wasn't my cup of tea.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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Sweet romantic movie about an American guy meeting a European girl on a train and spend the day together in Vienna. Similar story to serendipity.

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Candy Rose

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