Before Sunset
Before Sunset (2004)

Nine years ago, two strangers met by chance, spent a night together in Vienna, and parted before sunrise. Now, they're about to cross paths again--in Paris--where they will get the chance we all wish we had: to find out what might have… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 2, 2004
DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Filled with engaging dialogue, Before Sunset is a witty, poignant romance, with natural chemistry between Hawke and Delpy.

Christy Lemire
Associated Press

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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Time Out

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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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a superior sequel that accomplishes everything that one might've hoped...

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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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David Denby
New Yorker

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

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A stone-cold masterpiece.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

A richer experience than the original.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Charming, talky romance for older teens and adults.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
The original Richard Linklater classic featured two fresh, young voices, finding each other in a spontaneous bohemian kind of way. Nine years, and a trail of… More
Jens S.
The predecessor in which Hawke and Delpy walked through Vienna talking had an open ending. Now, years later they meet at his book reading telling the story,… More
Wildaly M
Perfect sequel. Not many like this one.
KJ Proulx
Following the masterpiece that the first film was, "Before Sunset" picks up 9 years later after he has written a book based on the night they spent… More
Candy Rose
Nine years later another chance meeting for the American guy and European lady in Paris. A chance for more adventure.
Thomas Bowler
More cynical, more grown up, but just as beautiful and immediately real as its predecessor. Full review later.