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Before-Sunset
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Before Sunset

2004
Romance, Drama
1h 20m
Avg Percentile 70.48% from 6843 total ratings
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Rated
99th
100
A beautiful piece of naturalistic filmmaking, this gets more complex and interesting each time I see it. Linklater's use of the camera is inventive without being flashy, the narrative has structure without losing a sense of a free-flowing conversation. Linklater's slow and thorough development of the film's central moral dilemma confronts us with both excitement and fear, joy and sadness. That these are all truly present in the film enhances its realism, and its beauty.
Rated
96th
90
Excellent dialogue, carried by almost scarily natural acting. The film is engaging and has a perfect run time of just 80 minutes. One of the better romance movies out there,
Rated
97th
91
A lot stronger than the first, one of the quickest films I've sat through - eighty minutes felt like forty. No quirky extras to interact with, just two completely messed up successful people talking about themselves, their dreams and their regrets. Kind of worrying that Sunset resonated with me much more than Sunrise, which had characters in their mid-20's.
Rated
79th
79
Before Sunset is a perfect ending for Before Sunrise. It is not so much a film on its own. But an epilogue which is as spontaneous and intriguing as the prequel. Some of the dialogues are very well written and can comfort or discomfort you. ... Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy deserve credits for their naturalness and on screen chemistry. ... Finally a movie which is able to capture love.
Rated
93rd
9
I love how Linklater waited 9 years to come out with this instead of churning out a crap sequel that is so common in Hollywood. Both are equally great for me but there is a sense of maturity here that I latched onto and loved. When it ended I was kind of disappointed because the story ended but I then realized how remarkable the ending was. Wouldn't mind seeing another installment in 2013, but I can't complain about these 2.
Rated
93rd
8
Nine years have been kind to this Blockbuster franchise. The increased immediacy of the real-time, the years of regrets, the rawer emotions, the lack of eccentric outside characters, and a kitty combine to make it better than the first. Also, if they make a third one it should be called "Before Sunshine," and be about Jesse and Celine journeying into space to revive the dying sun.
Rated
94th
85
It's very cool that the film is basically one long conversation in real time but it's a bit short and the slightest of the trilogy due to the lower quality of most of the dialogue. At its best, though, it recaptures and arguably outdoes its predecessor while providing a counterpoint to the romanticism of that film, showing how one wonderful night, along with the lost potential of the nine years having passed, has imprinted itself and haunted the two protagonists. I'm not crazy about the ending.
Rated
97th
90
What a fantastic sequel. I guess it helps some of the themes/situations were recognisable, but it's something everyone with a shred of romance-tinged-with-melancholy can appreciate. The fastest 80 minutes that ever went by watching a movie.
Rated
90th
85
This is such a great romance movie. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy meet again nine years later, and through the next hour and a half, we see them connect with each other and fall in love all over again, and it's such a pleasure to watch. Linklater sneaks some interesting ideas in the dialogue, too.
Rated
93rd
94
Even better than it's predecessor, the great Before Sunrise. A mesmerizing bitter-sweet romance, with a special urgency that keeps every second compelling.
Rated
92nd
89
Rich and intelligent dialogue and great chemistry between Hawke and Delpy. Perfect ending.
Rated
97th
91
so painfully short and fleeting i wanted to puke myself into hell.
Rated
89th
96
Before Sunset is a perfect sequel, although it dulls a bit in collation with Before Sunrise. It is much more candid and blunt than the first. I give everybody who wrote the screenplay two big thumbs up. Sometimes the words spilled out can comfort and ease you, or they can rip you apart, only for them to reduce the dolefulness and the suffering inside. Hawke and especially Delpy are so instinctive and spontaneous in their acquainted and adapted chemistry.
Rated
79th
80
The two lost lovers reunite again and continue where they've left off like nothing ever happened. You can really physically feel the connection between them, it's quite beautiful. They have both matured a lot in ways, but also have things that hasn't changed in those 9 years. Some pretentious conversations, just like in the first movie, but an enjoyable and a little sad watch too. I really liked the Waltz song, and the open ending was great too.
Rated
99th
100
Amazing dialogue, natural acting... actually it didn't seem like they were acting. I think Julie Delpy and Ethan probably have love for each other in real life. You can't fake that. Julie Delpy is lovely.
Rated
88th
83
Better than the first. It flows more, is less gushing & has lost the slight whiff pretentiousness that occasionally litters the first movie (the chain smoking angsty poet sitting on the river bank don't forget!). Shooting in real-time is just genius, & Sunset is a prettier movie than in predecessor, with the scene on the park bench a true highlight both visually and in terms of characterisation. And there is Sunset's main strength; Jesse and CĂ©line's now shared history and regrets.
Rated
96th
83
I enjoyed the dialogue much more than the prequel, I thought the first was riddled with trite conversation. Although at the age of 23 what conversations aren't. Everything about the sequel seemed more honest and effortless.
Rated
11th
2
can someone please rewrite the description? my eyes are bleeding. edit: the deed has been done.
Rated
99th
100
This film fucking hit me, man
Rated
66th
90
There are so many ways to admire a movie. Very rare is the movie that reaches you on a personal level. For some reason this movie did it for me. Maybe its because the characters' problems and philosophies felt familiar. Maybe its because the chemistry between the actors felt like I was listening in on a private conversation between old friends. I don't know what a perfect movie is. What I do know is that this is a perfect movie for what it is about.
Rated
79th
85
These movies fascinate me because they truly don't feel like movies; I feel like these are two people who I've spent 180 minutes of their lives with. This one does a beautiful job of putting the events of the first film into a larger perspective, showing us how these two people have been affected by their encounter. The dialog is tremendously naturalistic, just like the first film, and the direction is top notch. I'd love to see a third film in 2013.
Rated
93rd
100
Ohhh that ending... and Nina Simone's music! Be still my beating heart.
Rated
96th
4
I'm not sure if this is a better film than Before Sunrise, but it might be. There's something very mature about it, yet something very naive about it as well. Jessee's attempts at not letting Seline get away should be familiar to any romantic.
Rated
93rd
90
I laughed when they laughed, smiled when they were smiling, and I truly felt their sadness. This dialogue tutorial is equally matched by the wonderful performances of Julie and Ethan. Absolutely adorable.
Rated
75th
80
One of the better sequels in film history.
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