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Based on 18 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a lovely and wistful celebration of youth, time and moments of connection -- and about the experience of living in the midst of a simple, perfect day that you know you'll remember for the rest of your life. show more

  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Before Sunrise speaks as much to the mind as to the heart, and much of what it says is likely to strike a responsive chord -- a rare and special accomplishment for any motion picture. show more

  • 100
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Before Sunrise is a film that first startles you with its simplicity, then bowls you over with its complexity. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Before Sunrise is so much like real life - like a documentary with an invisible camera - that I found myself remembering real conversations I had experienced with more or less the same words. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are attractive stars, but what's most appealing about the picture is the value it puts on sharing ideas and feelings through language. show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Delpy and Hawke begin to grow on you and Linklater and his actors achieve a point midway through the film when the characters are so attractive and smart and emotionally daring that you'll be happy to spend the night with them. show more

  • 80

    The overall effect is too intelligent to be soppy and too damn good to be ignored. show more

  • 70
    TV Guide

    The weight of the film rests on the shoulders of Hawke and Delpy, and they're both remarkable. show more

  • 89
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Watching and listening to these two is a charming experience; their conversation has the ring of veracity, and rarely does the viewer's interest stray. show more

  • 91
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    If Linklater goes to a bit of an extreme here, it's in making both characters so intelligent and sincere, so ardent and giving, that they seem a little too good to believe. show more

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