Before Sunset (2004)



Critic Consensus: Filled with engaging dialogue, Before Sunset is a witty, poignant romance, with natural chemistry between Hawke and Delpy.

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Nine years ago, two strangers met by chance, spent a night together in Vienna, and parted before sunrise. Now, they're about to cross paths again--in Paris--where they will get the chance we all wish we had: to find out what might have been. The only problem is they have just a few hours to figure out if they belong together.
R (for language and sexual references)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Ethan Hawke
as Jesse
Julie Delpy
as Celine
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Bookstore Manager
Louise Lemoine Torres
as Journalist #1
Louise Lemonie Torres
as Journalist No. 1
Rodolphe Pauly
as Journalist No. 2
Mariane Plasteig
as Waitress
as Philippe
Denis Evrard
as Boat Attendant
Albert Delpy
as Man at Grill
Marie Pillet
as Woman in Courtyard
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Critic Reviews for Before Sunset

All Critics (171) | Top Critics (46)

It's a lovely, beguiling little film a rare treat during this overheated season of blockbusters. It's also an unusual example of a follow-up that doesn't seem forced, but expands effortlessly on the original.

Full Review… | August 8, 2012
Associated Press
Top Critic

The reunion has some lively moments, but a great deal of slow walking and fatuous talking about love, married life and sex.

Full Review… | August 8, 2012
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Shooting in long takes, Linklater and his actors (who get co-screenwriting credit) allow the conversation to curlicue effortlessly from literate banter to matters of the heart, and sometimes to places in between.

Full Review… | August 8, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

At the risk of overhyping 80 minutes of intimate real-time, this is the soul of generosity, a beautifully vibrant and big-spirited film.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are a rare case of two movies that rightfully demand yet another sequel.

August 1, 2004
New Yorker
Top Critic

A richer experience than the original.

July 30, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Before Sunset


The original Richard Linklater classic featured two fresh, young voices, finding each other in a spontaneous bohemian kind of way. Nine years, and a trail of failed relationships later, and our lovers find each other in Paris, beginning again from the ruins of their shared past. Beautiful for its Parisian sights, but also for its lovelorn dialogue, this film works principally because it's a simple tale of love, having less to do with a pair's story and more with the mechanics of their love affair. The characters are interesting, their conversations are crisp and new, and we as the audience revel in their experience, but also in finding out the answers to our questions from the first film. Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke work well together to create an organic and truly magical partnership as Celine and Jesse, and we watch because of their chemistry. The films not only circle around an interesting couple, but show love's evolution and fragility.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Perfect sequel. Not many like this one.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Nine years later another chance meeting for the American guy and European lady in Paris. A chance for more adventure.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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