Before Sunrise

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  • Summary: A romantic look at the relationship between an American traveler and a French grad student who decide to spend a day together in Vienna.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 100
    Before Sunrise speaks as much to the mind as to the heart, and much of what it says is likely to strike a responsive chord -- a rare and special accomplishment for any motion picture.
  2. Reviewed by: Christopher Harris
    100
    Before Sunrise is a film that first startles you with its simplicity, then bowls you over with its complexity.
  3. Richard Linklater goes Hollywood (1995) -- triumphantly and with an overall intelligence, sweetness, and romantic simplicity that reminds me of wartime weepies like The Clock.
  4. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are attractive stars, but what's most appealing about the picture is the value it puts on sharing ideas and feelings through language.
  5. 75
    Before Sunrise is so much like real life - like a documentary with an invisible camera - that I found myself remembering real conversations I had experienced with more or less the same words.
  6. There's nothing much to the movie, except for the amiability of the actors and the layers of feeling Linklater provides, but that's just almost enough.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    While pic remains sympathetic and appealing, the endless dialogue and repetitive settings become wearing through the couple's one long night together, and the artifice of the premise may contribute to the difficulty the film has in coming to romantic life.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. Aug 14, 2010
    10
    Beautiful, one of the best films I have ever seen. The naive optimism of love and intelligent honest dialogue was amazing. Anyone who hasBeautiful, one of the best films I have ever seen. The naive optimism of love and intelligent honest dialogue was amazing. Anyone who has fallen in love and has been optimistic of the future will love it. Expand
  2. Jul 19, 2015
    10
    This is the most romantic and close to reality love story. Liking and falling for some one, takes a lot of conversation to know the person.This is the most romantic and close to reality love story. Liking and falling for some one, takes a lot of conversation to know the person. The biggest surprise, you never get tired hearing lovers talking about everything in 24hrs.

    The idea that I gained form watching this film; when love and compatibility falls into perfect place we doubt it's possibility that it's already happening, and that's when we miss the love really meant for us.
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  3. Jan 21, 2013
    10
    Breathtaking and refreshingly authentic. I could watch this from now until forever. It hints of Woody Allen at his best, but yet it feelsBreathtaking and refreshingly authentic. I could watch this from now until forever. It hints of Woody Allen at his best, but yet it feels entirely original. Who would have thought that a movie seemingly in real time could be so captivating, as if caught up in a wonderful and fantastic dream about a love once known. You will never want it to end. Expand
  4. Jun 26, 2013
    8
    This was the first time I saw a movie that had nothing close to a human antagonist, yet it kept me glued to the screen. Sure I've read a fewThis was the first time I saw a movie that had nothing close to a human antagonist, yet it kept me glued to the screen. Sure I've read a few novels of the kind but surely they weren't "oh I'm glued" stuff. Everybody at least once in their life dreams of something like this and this movie makes it believable. After watching the movie I really thought that Ethan & Julie must have dated 'cause their conversations were just flowing. Definitely a must see. Expand
  5. Jul 11, 2013
    8
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    Before Sunrise is a film that is magical in a unique way; it
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    Before Sunrise is a film that is magical in a unique way; it talks with the viewer. That said, the film does not literally converse with the audience. However, the way the film progresses and the conversations held by the protagonists make us feel like a comfortable third wheel. It’s like we’re walking along by our protagonists (and director Richard Linklater, since he has spilled so much uch of his persona and soul into this artistic venture it feels like we already know him) through Vienna.
    Another highlight of this film is the powerful chemistry that the protagonists share. It’s as if there is an innate connection between the two that has just now been discovered like siblings separated at birth (although not quite for romantic reasons). Their spontaneity and inquisitive, skeptical approach towards life and people clicks like a lock. This pitch-perfect compatibility motivates the film and makes for a very moving conclusion as time runs out before sunrise.
    The film is very talkative, I will not deny that. At some points, it also lingers as the conversations drift into simple chatter and the plotline seems to have no clear direction. However, no moment in the film is wasted, as every conversation further develops each character's personality as well as their sweet relationship.
    In conclusion, this is what I have to say: Before Sunrise is a magical and enlightening gift to anyone who views it and has enough patience to make it through the dragging conversations between its lovers. Before you know it, the film will be talking to you more loudly than the protagonists talk to each other.

    FINAL SCORE: 82.5 (excitingly great -----o--------------- almost perfect)
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  6. Jun 4, 2015
    8
    "Can the greatest romance of your life last only one night?" After watching Before Sunrise, my answer is a resounding "yes!" This a"Can the greatest romance of your life last only one night?" After watching Before Sunrise, my answer is a resounding "yes!" This a wonderfully romantic movie. Expand
  7. sarahf
    Mar 26, 2009
    0
    I would rather have you poop in my mouth than to have to watch this again

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