'Before Sunset' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   178 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    92
    A deeper, darker, altogether more memorable experience. It doesn't extend the characters so much as fulfill them.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Though it is sometimes maddening, the movie's prodigious verbiage is also enthralling, precisely because of its casual disregard for the usual imperatives of screenwriting.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    It eats at you, just like renewed love.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    The incessant jawboning of Before Sunset is all foreplay and no climax.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Before Sunset has an easy, unforced air about it, mostly because of what seems to be a real rapport between the two lead actors.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    100
    It's a movie to cheer lovers and movie lovers alike -- an enchanting midsummer cocktail for two, served at dusk on the banks of the Seine.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    All one could wish for in a sequel -- it enriches, glosses, and completes the original.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    88
    The naturalistic dialogue is a masterful bit of writing.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (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 » 2 years ago
  • Bruce Westbrook Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    67
    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.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jane Sumner Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    75
    If you didn't like Before Sunrise, filmmaker Richard Linklater says, you'll hate Before Sunset. But if you treasured the original, you're sure to prize the 'romance for realists' sequel.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    88
    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?
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Peter Rainer New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    A small masterpiece.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are a rare case of two movies that rightfully demand yet another sequel.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    Before Sunset is better, perhaps because the characters are older and wiser, perhaps because they have more to lose (or win), and perhaps because Hawke and Delpy wrote the dialogue themselves.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    A film of luminous delights.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    100
    Having seen Before Sunset twice, and Before Sunrise again in between, I can't say which film is better. Both seem to fulfill an ambition Jean-Luc Godard expressed in the 60s -- to achieve 'the definitive by chance.'
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    100
    Jesse and Celine come to life again in ways that are sad and beautiful, funny and profound.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    92
    A simply amazing film -- touching, sexy, smart, sad and, beyond all, passionate about the value of time and love.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Eddie Cockrell Variety (Top Critic)
    A savvy sequel that should speak to anyone who's let that one great love slip away.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Megan Lehmann New York Post (Top Critic)
    100
    It tells of a love affair so heady it generates goose bumps, yet the story unfolds with such unfailing honesty that its characters become people we know, their actions and words a reflection of our own experiences.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jay Boyar Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    100
    A richer experience than the original.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
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