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  • Summary: The timeless romantic story of two questing hearts and minds whose powerful bond defies time and place. [Warner Independent Pictures]
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  1. Positive: 34 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. This is one of the most wildly romantic movies in ages.
  2. Romantic, real and as generous as it is vulnerable, the art of conversation has rarely been so acute, honest and revealing.
  3. The result is a peculiar small gem, a true Linklater gem. The verity of the film, rather than any novelty or twist, keeps us fixed.
  4. This is a romance with minimal physical contact and sex--and that's part of what makes it work so well as a love story.
  5. The ex-lovers' new conversation is stimulating and banal, selfish and broad-minded, affectionate and recriminatory, insightful and obtuse - in short, the kind of dialogue two people might have while pouring out their hearts and poring over their pasts.
  6. 88
    In the midst of summer's cinematic thunder and lightning, this is a rare moment of tranquility.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 90
  2. Negative: 16 out of 90
  1. Oct 4, 2012
    10
    Astonishing. Not just incredibly well-written and wonderfully engaging - you never feel like it's film because there is always a great senseAstonishing. Not just incredibly well-written and wonderfully engaging - you never feel like it's film because there is always a great sense of reality to it.
    Amazing.
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  2. DavidS.
    Aug 28, 2006
    10
    I loved this flic almost as much as the prequel Before Sunrise. Is it possible that the rating given to the pair of movies is simply a I loved this flic almost as much as the prequel Before Sunrise. Is it possible that the rating given to the pair of movies is simply a reflection of our own romanticism? By the way. I'm an old fogie. Expand
  3. DL
    Jan 15, 2008
    10
    This movie is absolutely amazing, I don't know what C.M. saw but I think it should get $4 worth of brain cells.
  4. P.S.
    Mar 22, 2006
    9
    Simply the best film of Linklater, at least so far. So simple, so real, so sincere. You can only love it.
  5. Jun 8, 2013
    9
    Even better than the amazing first film! Jesse and Celine reunite after 9 years and their relationship is just as affecting as ever. BeforeEven better than the amazing first film! Jesse and Celine reunite after 9 years and their relationship is just as affecting as ever. Before Sunset benefits (again) from a brilliant screenplay and a special/indescribable chemistry between Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. This film cannot be missed. Expand
  6. Jan 24, 2015
    3
    The idea of the movie wasn't bad but the actors and were painfully bad i mean french woman with no french accent and a retardet writer whoThe idea of the movie wasn't bad but the actors and were painfully bad i mean french woman with no french accent and a retardet writer who try to hit on her maybe im not sure maybe he is trying to be friendly .The hole idea just walking and talking just don't get it . Expand
  7. ElleR.
    Apr 13, 2006
    0
    This was by far the worst movie I have ever seen. It was painfully boring.

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