Before Sunrise (1995) 4.29/5 (1)


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Rating: The Bad – 59
Genre: Romance, Drama
Duration: 105 mins
Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert

Richard Linklater could legitimately be described as a master of talk cinema but irrespective of how many people hail this as a perfect film there’s no way around the fact that this is an awkwardly acted, superficially written, and adolescent exercise in tedium. Fans of the Linklater that gave us the gentle wit of Slacker, the thunderous resonance of Dazed and Confused, and even the insightful analysis of Tape have repeatedly tried to like this but Before Sunrise fails to even roughly emulated those aforementioned pieces. On top of that, the two leads are entirely out of sync with each other for much of the film, which alone destroys its entire premise. Ethan Hawke comes across as annoying and vacuous and Julie Deply seems continually disengaged and overall an unlikely match for him. Linklater’s directorial craft is all over this however, and his ability to seemingly blend the camera into the reality of the characters’ worlds is as evident here as it was in Slacker. Alas, that is not enough to save this un-engaging and excruciating romantic drama.

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2 thoughts on “Before Sunrise (1995)”

  1. What works best about this movie is that you are seeing the process of a relationship. Despite their diffrences. Both Jesse and Celine fall very much in love. I hate most romantic movies but I loved this.

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