Fine Line Features | Release Date: December 22, 2000 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
85
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Universal acclaim based on 26 Critics
Positive:
25
Mixed:
1
Negative:
0
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This powerful, lyrical meditation on Arenas's life achieves a kind of hallucinatory urgency as it leaps and twists through his life.
100
In uniting to honor Arenas, Bardem and Schnabel create something extraordinary.
88
A thoughtful, bittersweet film biography of the Cuban writer that captures both his irrepressible spirit and his sometimes overwhelming melancholy.
88
This is an art film in the true sense of the term, engaging the mind, senses and emotions in a way that only movies at their best can do.
88
A dreamy, passionate ode to freedom -- of thought, of expression, of every person's innate right to simply be.
88
This is a sad, passionate, beautifully wrought story, and Bardem's portrait of Arenas is at once daring and deeply moving.
88
Most of all it's the emotional and spiritual arc of an exile, in all its terrible isolation, that gives ''Before Night Falls'' its power.
80
It's such a sensory experience; in its best moments, the film washes over you like a fever dream.
63
Anyone expecting a hard-hitting biography will be disappointed by Julian Schnabel's soft-edged, dreamy and relatively nonpolitical film.