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.
Christy Lemire 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.
Joe Morgenstern The reunion has some lively moments, but a great deal of slow walking and fatuous talking about love, married life and sex.
David Denby Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are a rare case of two movies that rightfully demand yet another sequel.
Andrew Sarris 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.
Eddie Cockrell A savvy sequel that should speak to anyone who's let that one great love slip away.
Peter Rainer A small masterpiece.
Stephanie Zacharek 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.
Michael O'Sullivan The incessant jawboning of Before Sunset is all foreplay and no climax.
Ann Hornaday Before Sunset has an easy, unforced air about it, mostly because of what seems to be a real rapport between the two lead actors.
Mike Clark It eats at you, just like renewed love.
Lisa Rose The film ultimately depicts thirtysomething melancholy just as effectively as its predecessor portrayed Gen-X romanticism.
David Edelstein 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.
Scott Foundas 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.
J. Hoberman All one could wish for in a sequel -- it enriches, glosses, and completes the original.
Richard Roeper [R]eally top notch work here.
Kirk Honeycutt A hugely successful experiment to see if a movie can captivate an audience with a conversation between two people in real time.