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Before Sunrise Reviews

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Allyson Johnson
The Young Folks
April 20, 2015
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.
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media
May 28, 2013
Two strangers quickly fall in love, discuss big ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 16, 2006
Hawke and Delpy keep the tone not only afloat but mesmerizing. So natural are their performances that it seems impossible not to believe they truly are soulmates who are locked in a doomed, all-too-short affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Szymanski
September 21, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Agreeably alluring.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 10, 2012
The combination of optimism, tragedy, and the fuzzy warmth of new love is absolutely flawless.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
January 17, 2003
One of the great screen romances.
| Original Score: 5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A thought-provoking, likable, entertaining, beautiful, and well-acted piece of romance...
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Melin
September 29, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 30, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 26, 2002
This is one of only a small number of films that can transport us back to the surprises, delights, and enchantments of a first encounter.
Rob Blackwelder
January 3, 2003
Seemingly improvised and entirely natural but still structured and splendidly directed by writer Richard Linklater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Arthur Lazere
June 8, 2004
While the couple get...philosophical in their courtship dance, 'Before Sunrise' maintains an awareness of their earnestness without itself putting on airs of profundity.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 11, 2004
While it's a bit awkward and self-indulgent, it also creates two extremely vivid characters and one of cinema's more believable romances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 16, 2004
It's the best pick up movie ever.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 1, 2011
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Todd McCarthy
March 26, 2009
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
July 3, 2004
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
Scott Tobias
January 1, 2000
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003

Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000

November 6, 2001
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Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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