Before Sunset Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
August 1, 2004
Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are a rare case of two movies that rightfully demand yet another sequel.
July 30, 2004
A richer experience than the original.
July 23, 2004
Mr. Linklater and his two creative leads have managed a miraculous transformation of the characters from once-callow lovers into grown-ups teetering on the edge of eternity.
July 23, 2004
This is a wonderful movie.
July 22, 2004
What is to all intents and purposes 80 minutes worth of stolen moments, turns out to be one of the most rewarding films of the year
July 20, 2004
The sequel no one needed is a surprise pleasure: witty, heartfelt, and true.
July 15, 2004
The chemistry between Jesse and Celine --- and Hawke and Delpy and, for that matter, Linklater --- is as immediate as it is appealing.
July 11, 2004
A fluid, engaging, charming, frustrating, funny, and lively movie.
July 9, 2004
Allows you to watch two deeply engaged and engaging performers moving verbally through delicately negotiated layers of delight, apprehension, desire and surrender.
July 9, 2004
Hawke and Delpy are credited with writing some of the dialogue, presumably as improvisations. They manage to be both natural and intense, and their characters feel real, even if the situation does not.
July 9, 2004
A simply amazing film -- touching, sexy, smart, sad and, beyond all, passionate about the value of time and love.
July 9, 2004
For all its modesty, lingers in the mind like an unresolved relationship or a life-altering, if random, moment.
July 9, 2004
For my money, Sunset tops the first installment because it involves characters who have more life under their belts. Nothing like a few years to clarify a personality.
July 9, 2004
How often does a visual medium make such an elegant argument about the beauty of language, even as it asserts its right to tell a story and move us with its vision?
July 9, 2004
A fictional romance with a factual feel, a near-documentary quality that makes it difficult to distinguish the actor from the role.
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