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Based on 26 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    In uniting to honor Arenas, Bardem and Schnabel create something extraordinary. show more

  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    It's an horrific and tragic story, but somehow made beautiful through the care and attention of Schnabel's direction and Bardem's tender, unforgettable performance. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Plays like a labor of love. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    This is a sad, passionate, beautifully wrought story, and Bardem's portrait of Arenas is at once daring and deeply moving. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A personal eulogy, from one artist to another, and an indictment of all systems of government that deny people the right to free expression and the full realization of their talent. show more

  • 80
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    It's such a sensory experience; in its best moments, the film washes over you like a fever dream. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    There is a little something of the spoiled masochist about Arenas. One would not say he seeks misery, but he wears it like a badge of honor, and we can see his mistakes approaching before he does. This is not a weakness in the film but one of its intriguing strengths show more

  • 88
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    This is an art film in the true sense of the term, engaging the mind, senses and emotions in a way that only movies at their best can do. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    A dreamy, passionate ode to freedom -- of thought, of expression, of every person's innate right to simply be. show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Most of all it's the emotional and spiritual arc of an exile, in all its terrible isolation, that gives ''Before Night Falls'' its power. show more

  • August 31, 2008 Hsccol
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    Bardem's performance was up for an oscar. He should have won the award for a brilliant performance. The movie is exemplary in many other respects, as well.

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