“Before Sunset Stands Alone As A Wonderful Modern Love Story And As A Sequel, We Can Only Hope For More Episodes To Come. The Filmmakers Have Created Something Truly Lovely, Not Only As A Post-script, But In And Of Itself.”
A deeper, darker, altogether more memorable experience. It doesn't extend the characters so much as fulfill them.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
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.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
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.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
It eats at you, just like renewed love.
Mike Clark - USA Today
The incessant jawboning of Before Sunset is all foreplay and no climax.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Before Sunset has an easy, unforced air about it, mostly because of what seems to be a real rapport between the two lead actors.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
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.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
All one could wish for in a sequel -- it enriches, glosses, and completes the original.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
The naturalistic dialogue is a masterful bit of writing.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
The reunion has some lively moments, but a great deal of slow walking and fatuous talking about love, married life and sex.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
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.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
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.
Jane Sumner - Dallas Morning News
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?
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
A small masterpiece.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are a rare case of two movies that rightfully demand yet another sequel.
David Denby - New Yorker
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.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A film of luminous delights.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
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.'
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Jesse and Celine come to life again in ways that are sad and beautiful, funny and profound.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
A simply amazing film -- touching, sexy, smart, sad and, beyond all, passionate about the value of time and love.
Tom Long - Detroit News
- Arizona Republic
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.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
A savvy sequel that should speak to anyone who's let that one great love slip away.
Eddie Cockrell - Variety
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.
Megan Lehmann - New York Post
A richer experience than the original.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Allows you to watch two deeply engaged and engaging performers moving verbally through delicately negotiated layers of delight, apprehension, desire and surrender.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
A fictional romance with a factual feel, a near-documentary quality that makes it difficult to distinguish the actor from the role.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Before Sunrise captures the exhilaration of connecting with another person; Before Sunset moves forward from there, burrowing into territory that's more complex and dangerous, but also perhaps more vital.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
The bad news is that Before Sunset is not as delirious an experience as its predecessor. The good news is that it's wonderful anyway, and in ways that tell us something about our romance with Before Sunrise.
David Edelstein - Slate
Forget Spider-Man's tussle with Doc Ock. Forget Shrek's trek to Far Far Away. And forget Harry Potter's latest attempt to endure the snipes of Snape. For me, the sequel to see during the summer of 2004 is Richard Linklater's Before Sunset.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A hugely successful experiment to see if a movie can captivate an audience with a conversation between two people in real time.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
It's a lovely, beguiling little film a rare treat during this overheated season of blockbusters. It's also an unusual example of a follow-up that doesn't seem forced, but expands effortlessly on the original.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
There is something uniquely unforgettable in the way Linklater, Hawke and Delpy (equal collaborators on the script) find nuance, art and eroticism in words, spoken and unspoken.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
A film that in its joy, optimism and aesthetic achievement keeps faith with American cinema at its finest.
Manohla Dargis - Los Angeles Times
A stone-cold masterpiece.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Shooting in long takes, Linklater and his actors (who get co-screenwriting credit) allow the conversation to curlicue effortlessly from literate banter to matters of the heart, and sometimes to places in between.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Charming romance for older teens and adults only.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
As a romance streaked with regrets, obligations and fears, "Sunset" builds to a wistful, perfect conclusion - a fadeout infused with the idea that a memory's never finished as long as you're alive and one of the loveliest last-line exchanges of all time.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
the film takes a miraculous healing turn at the end, and the characters rise above their ruefulness, and use it as a springboard into hope
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
Well acted, very well written, well told, and bears yet another ending that will keep audiences wondering.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Linklater, Hawke and Delpy have collaborated on the script, resulting in an enthralling snapshot of life from the point of view of two like souls who spark by just being in each other's presence.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy have reconvened to bring us this belated, yet very welcome sequel.
Keith H. Brown - Eye for Film
I was charmed, engaged and moved by the delightful Before Sunset, and without having re-seen the earlier picture, it has been upgraded in my mind in the light of the new one.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
A gemlike minimalist triumph -- deeper and more provocative than its predecessor.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
However, between Delpy, Hawke, and Linklater, a script was born and once again the couple meets, this time in Paris, this time for far fewer hours (and in real time).
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
At the risk of overhyping 80 minutes of intimate real-time, this is the soul of generosity, a beautifully vibrant and big-spirited film.
- Time Out
- Film Threat
The dialogue captivates without ever feeling forced or cinematic...
Uri Lessing - www.kcactive.com
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
Stuart Klawans - Nation
The characters eventually manage to get beyond their existential ennui and incessant talking to something approaching romance.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
The final 25 minutes of Before Sunset, starting with excruciatingly honest admissions from both parties in a car backseat, are the best filmmaking I've ever seen.
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
Of course I liked it a lot, I almost loved it. I mean, I often felt like I loved it, but I'm not sure I really did or I'm not sure why. It's, like, a hard movie to argue with.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
[A]n experiment can be valuable without being successful.
Alan Dale - Blogcritics.org
J. Robert Parks - Looking Closer
Una pelicula sobre la frustracion de crecer, sobre la constatacion de que la felicidad es un concepto extrano que se disfruta mucho mas como posibilidad que como meta.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
I'm not sure if it's the actors or their conversation that makes the film appealing, maybe both, but it works in a sweet, thought-provoking way.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Kevin Lee - Senses of Cinema
If you enjoy intelligent dialogue and believe in love, then you'll enjoy this film.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Here's an unusual sequel to an equally unusual film from nine years ago.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
[a] charming, intelligent romance
Jay Antani - Los Angeles Alternative
O resultado e que este e, ao lado de Brilho Eterno de uma Mente Sem Lembrancas, um dos melhores filmes do ano. E, tambem como aquele, um dos mais romanticos.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Una experiencia de vida inigualable, una historia enriquecedora, un final inolvidable y perfecto. Magistral, una obra maestra.
Alex Ramirez - Cinenganos
morally ambivalent about the importance of the family unit and personal responsibility...uninvolving dialogue, uninspired directing, deficient acting.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
A lot of the prattle seems like the same-old half-absorbed guff that passes for profundity in so much of Linklater's work.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
For all the talk, there's always something unspoken bubbling away in the space between these two ex-lovers...
Lance Goldenberg - Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)
A deep investigation of attraction is what made "Sunrise" so special. In Sunset, it's the profound, frustrating feelings of regret and anger over missed opportunities, which makes this drama ready to boil over at any moment.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
an immensely satisfying sequel that carefully treads the line between the comic and the tragic while detailing the pros and cons of maturity.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Through the verbiage and the dubious equation of realism with truth, Before Sunset instills profundity -- maintaining an optimism and sobriety about life after 30.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Linklater's method, in an age when critics celebrate the egomania of M. Night Shyamalan and Quentin Tarantino, distinguishes him as Gen X's most literary director.
Stephen Himes - Film Snobs
A late date movie that gives young love a good name. More sequels, please.
Harry Haun - Film Journal International
This is simply a wonderful piece of film-making.
Michelle Thomas - Future Movies UK
Linklater gives his characters something we rarely get in real life: an opportunity to resolve the sense of loss and regret created by a blown chance at love and happiness.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Before Sunset may be the most unusual sequel this summer, but it's certainly the sweetest and one of the best.
Jeffrey Bruner - Des Moines Register
What great chemistry! Again.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
While it's not necessary to see Before Sunrise again, it's essential that you have seen it. [Get] the original, and then go see one of the best movies of the year...
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
For the movie's placid external nature hides a tumultuous emotional underside filled with recriminations, anger, hope, compassion and love.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
A worthy sequel to Before Sunrise, this is a thoroughly engaging, well written film with perfect performances from Hawke and Delpy.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A great character study that I hope to see continued in another decade or so, with real conversations, true feelings and romance throughout.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
An intelligent, engagingly honest study of love lost and, just maybe, regained.
Liz Beardsworth - Empire Magazine
This is a wonderful movie.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Even if you haven't seen the original, Before Sunset engrosses you, as Hawke and Delpy pull you into the lives of Jesse and Celine merely with the power of their words.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Surprisingly too linear for its own good...You can't get much more minimalist than this sequel, which could be called My Coffee With Celine.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Jesse and Celine seem like real people, complete with flaws and weaknesses. That they become so fleshed out in such a brief running time is a testament to the script and Hawke and Delpy's acting abilities.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
While the movie appears to be a simple romantic drama, filmmaker Richard Linklater uses those trappings to explore some weightier topics -- in this case, ruminations on the meaning of destiny, especially when it comes to romantic relationships.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
What is to all intents and purposes 80 minutes worth of stolen moments, turns out to be one of the most rewarding films of the year
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
This lovely film does an exemplary job of conveying the manner in which the freedom and naivety of youth inevitably fall by the wayside, leaving only cherished memories.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Enthralling and moving.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
- Baltimore Sun
A vibrant emotional epic.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
The sequel no one needed is a surprise pleasure: witty, heartfelt, and true.
Nev Pierce - BBC
Elegant, engaging and much-appreciated follow-up to the original film.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Films about romantic relationships don't get any better than Richard Linklater's Before Sunset.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
I found myself hoping that Linklater, Hawke and Delpy would revisit these characters in another 10 years. And perhaps again in 20 years.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
The best movie of the year so far.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Thanks to fine writing and two very good actors, filmgoers get another insightful look at the nature of love. Paris, also, has seldom looked so fresh and beautiful on screen.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The chemistry between Jesse and Celine --- and Hawke and Delpy and, for that matter, Linklater --- is as immediate as it is appealing.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution