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100
The work Richard Linklater and company started in 1995's Before Sunrise retains a clarity of spirit undimmed by 18 years.
100
It's a rare and powerful thing to confront something honest and real on the big screen. It stays with you in a way that nothing else can. Before Midnight is fiction but it might as well be a documentary.
100
Before Midnight confounds expectations in powerful and even haunting ways. It's not just darker than the previous two films. It's bigger, deeper, and more searching. It follows the characters through a tale of embattled love that extends far beyond them.
100
Making a movie this warm, funny, and rigorously truthful about lovers trying to remain partners is even harder.
100
Delpy and Hawke, who've invested this trilogy with the fine shadings of life lived, do extraordinary things with small moments.
100
Whatever a modern love story is, Before Midnight takes it to the next level. It's damn near perfect.
100
If the first two films belong with the greatest (if talkiest) movie romances of all time, the new film is richer, riskier, and more bleakly perceptive about what it takes for love to endure (or not) over the long haul.
100
This is a movie that mines deep beneath the surface of human feeling. It will make you think - about love, about life, about two people who aren't real, except that they've become so for so many of us in this improbably successful indie franchise.
100
San Francisco Chronicle
The latest in the wonderful "Before" series does three important things: It breaks out of the courtship formula, yet retains the series' quality, and it moves the lives of Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) forward in ways that are satisfying and believable. True, a romance you once envied might now be a relationship you'd not want to be in, but as long as Celine and Jesse are still talking, there's hope.
90
Delpy and Hawke have never been more persuasive. Nor has the series.
88
Bittersweet, intelligently written, deftly acted and painfully honest.

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