(2004)

Critic Reviews

90

Metascore

Based on 39 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
This is one of the most wildly romantic movies in ages.
100
Village Voice
Summer sequelitis is upon us, but the season is unlikely to bring anything more remarkable than Richard Linklater's sweet, smart, and deeply romantic Before Sunset.
100
Premiere
Yep, this movie is basically a yakfest, but an incredibly fluid and involving one, and if you have any kind of affinity for either of the characters, you’re bound to find the picture a kind of miracle.
100
Entertainment Weekly
The new film, which unfolds in real time over the course of 80 minutes, is a deeper, darker, altogether more memorable experience. It doesn't extend the characters so much as fulfill them.
90
The movie is an O. Henry-like conceit--the slenderness of the initial premise is part of the charm--but the anecdote becomes almost momentous as it goes on.
90
The A.V. Club
In the spirit of the original, Linklater closes with one of the best endings of its kind since George Romero's "Martin."
88
ReelViews
In the midst of summer's cinematic thunder and lightning, this is a rare moment of tranquility.
80
Film Threat
The sequel is an uninterrupted 80-minute dialogue between two richly imagined and performed characters.
80
Variety
A savvy sequel that should speak to anyone who's let that one great love slip away.
75
Rolling Stone
There is something uniquely unforgettable in the way Linklater, Hawke and Delpy (equal collaborators on the script) find nuance, art and eroticism in words, spoken and unspoken. The actors shine.

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