Before Sunset

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    Nine years ago two strangers met by chance and spent a night in Vienna that ended before sunrise. They are about to meet for the first time since. Now they have one afternoon to find out if they belong together.

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    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.

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    The reunion has some lively moments, but a great deal of slow walking and fatuous talking about love, married life and sex.

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    At the risk of overhyping 80 minutes of intimate real-time, this is the soul of generosity, a beautifully vibrant and big-spirited film.

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    Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are a rare case of two movies that rightfully demand yet another sequel.

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    A richer experience than the original.

    5/5
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    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.

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    This is a wonderful movie.

    4/4
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    The chemistry between Jesse and Celine --- and Hawke and Delpy and, for that matter, Linklater --- is as immediate as it is appealing.

    B+
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    Allows you to watch two deeply engaged and engaging performers moving verbally through delicately negotiated layers of delight, apprehension, desire and surrender.

    5/5
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    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.

    B
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    A simply amazing film -- touching, sexy, smart, sad and, beyond all, passionate about the value of time and love.

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    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?

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    For my money, Sunset tops the first installment because it involves characters who have more life under their belts. Nothing like a few years to clarify a personality.

    B+
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    For all its modesty, lingers in the mind like an unresolved relationship or a life-altering, if random, moment.

    4/4
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    A fictional romance with a factual feel, a near-documentary quality that makes it difficult to distinguish the actor from the role.

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    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.

    B+
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    A savvy sequel that should speak to anyone who's let that one great love slip away.

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    A small masterpiece.

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    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.

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    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.'

    4/4
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    The incessant jawboning of Before Sunset is all foreplay and no climax.

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    Before Sunset has an easy, unforced air about it, mostly because of what seems to be a real rapport between the two lead actors.

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    It eats at you, just like renewed love.

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    As drama, it doesn't hold up, and the screenplay's so loosely structured it almost seems improvised, but the affection that Linklater has for Jesse and Celine is so palpable that the movie coasts by on charm.

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    It has earthy (and therefore sexy) urban locations, a splendid originality of voice, a loose and distinctive visual style, and it sends audiences out humming with the realness and beauty of it all. ... But it should have been twice as long.

    4/4
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    The film ultimately depicts thirtysomething melancholy just as effectively as its predecessor portrayed Gen-X romanticism.

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    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.

    4/4
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    The naturalistic dialogue is a masterful bit of writing.

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    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.

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    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.

    4/4
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    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.

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    A film that in its joy, optimism and aesthetic achievement keeps faith with American cinema at its finest.

    5/5
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    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.

    3/5
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    Proves itself well worth the nine-year wait, and for a sequel so squarely rooted in the first film, it stands lightly on its own two feet.

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    Jesse and Celine come to life again in ways that are sad and beautiful, funny and profound.

    4/4
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    Hawke's ruefulness seems more than earned here (and, thus, genuine); Delpy's callow winsomeness has ripened to a ruddy sheen.

    4/4
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    A film of luminous delights.

    4/4
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    What ultimately makes Before Sunset so special (and maybe the most resonant, least self-conscious 'great movie romance' of its era) is its deep-rooted honesty -- the way it takes the bitter with the sweet and somehow leaves us feeling elated.

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    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.

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    A deeper, darker, altogether more memorable experience. It doesn't extend the characters so much as fulfill them.

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    All one could wish for in a sequel -- it enriches, glosses, and completes the original.

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    [R]eally top notch work here.

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    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.

    3/4
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    A hugely successful experiment to see if a movie can captivate an audience with a conversation between two people in real time.

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