Before Sunset Reviews

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September 15, 2020
This middle segment ends up being the least invigorating... Before Sunset feels a bit less substantial. Jesse and Celine play less easily off one another, their interactions clouded by adulthood, responsibility, etc.
September 2, 2020
Before Sunset is a joy to behold.
April 18, 2019
Before Sunset is proof that practice can make perfect. Linklater not only tackles loose ends of the original with imaginative aplomb, but he also works hard to make the movie work as a standalone essay...
March 13, 2019
Before Sunset is a great film, great for the ways it transforms and enlarges the conceit of the single night together to allow for years of elapsed time.
July 22, 2013
...a superior sequel that accomplishes everything that one might've hoped...
October 1, 2012
A stone-cold masterpiece.
August 8, 2012
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.
August 8, 2012
The reunion has some lively moments, but a great deal of slow walking and fatuous talking about love, married life and sex.
August 8, 2012
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.
December 22, 2010
Charming, talky romance for older teens and adults.
September 25, 2010
As a romance streaked with regrets, obligations and fears, "Sunset" builds to a wistful, perfect conclusion - a fadeout infused with the idea that a memory's never finished as long as you're alive and one of the loveliest last-line exchanges of all time.
January 17, 2010
the film takes a miraculous healing turn at the end, and the characters rise above their ruefulness, and use it as a springboard into hope
April 29, 2009
Well acted, very well written, well told, and bears yet another ending that will keep audiences wondering.
October 18, 2008
Linklater, Hawke and Delpy have collaborated on the script, resulting in an enthralling snapshot of life from the point of view of two like souls who spark by just being in each other's presence.
December 7, 2007
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy have reconvened to bring us this belated, yet very welcome sequel.
August 25, 2007
I was charmed, engaged and moved by the delightful Before Sunset, and without having re-seen the earlier picture, it has been upgraded in my mind in the light of the new one.
August 25, 2007
Before Sunset retains most of what was engaging about the first movie: it has its gentleness, its romanticism and, most importantly, its idealism. What it has lost is the sense of mystery.
July 23, 2007
A gemlike minimalist triumph -- deeper and more provocative than its predecessor.
August 17, 2006
However, between Delpy, Hawke, and Linklater, a script was born and once again the couple meets, this time in Paris, this time for far fewer hours (and in real time).
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
At the risk of overhyping 80 minutes of intimate real-time, this is the soul of generosity, a beautifully vibrant and big-spirited film.
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