Before Sunset
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Richard Linklater directs the romantic drama Before Sunset, a sequel to Before Sunrise (1995). Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) were strangers who spent a loquacious night together in Vienna. Nine years later, Jesse has written a book about the encounter. During his accelerated European book tour, he reunites with Celine in Paris. Before Jesse's flight home, he joins Celine for a picturesque walk around Paris peppered with intimate conversation: at first, about the minutiae of their day-to-day lives and their relationships, and then about their lingering feelings for one… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"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
"While Before Sunset is absolutely consistent as a sequel to Before Sunrise, it's also likely to prove more relatable for those viewers who didn't connect with Jesse and Celine last time."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"Charming, talky romance for older teens and adults."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Well acted, very well written, well told, and bears yet another ending that will keep audiences wondering."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"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
"Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are a rare case of two movies that rightfully demand yet another sequel."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"...a superior sequel that accomplishes everything that one might've hoped..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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,
"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
"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
"A richer experience than the original."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"A stone-cold masterpiece."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"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
"Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy have reconvened to bring us this belated, yet very welcome sequel."
‑ Keith H. Brown, Eye for Film
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