Before Midnight Synopsis
We meet Celine and Jesse nine years after their last rendezvous.
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
That’s the subtle level this movie operates on, and by the time it arrives at its powerhouse climax, a ruinous argument in a hotel room...
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New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
Making a movie this warm, funny, and rigorously truthful about lovers trying to remain partners is even harder.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Delpy and Hawke, who’ve invested this trilogy with the fine shadings of life lived, do extraordinary things with small moments.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Whatever a modern love story is, Before Midnight takes it to the next level. It's damn near perfect.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Before Midnight confounds expectations in powerful and even haunting ways. It's not just darker than the previous two films. It's bigger,...
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Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
Before Midnight—visually stunning, in a late-summer way—is more vital and cutting than another recent marriage picture, Michael Haneke's...
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By James Berardinelli
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....
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By Justin Chang
Honoring all that was memorable about its forebears while taking the story to new depths of catharsis, Before Midnight stands as a unique...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
A rich, smart, funny, sometimes acidic portrayal of a couple who can be spectacular when they’re in tune — and toxic when they’re at each...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Bittersweet, intelligently written, deftly acted and painfully honest.
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Before Midnight

By marlenea
This movie is about relationships. It is as if you are watching a play as the dialogue is great, witty and funny and true to life. I liked this movie a lot. The scenes from Greece are great, also....

Pulsating with dialogue and terrific acting

By pedsarq
Wow! This movie is relentless in its exploration of the complexities of love, married life, and parenthood. This couple has lived through the fantasy love affair and now reality is all around them....

Oh no

By dawnsenaid
I don't know why anyone would want to sit through this movie. The woman is a total *****, and he is just a pushover. The scenery and the music are beautiful, but who wants to sit by a movie, most of...

3rd in a series? Should have stopped at the first

By mrbigfish2004
Oh my goodness. This movie was the biggest waste of time. I think I would have rather seen a slasher flick. After watching the endless drooling conversations, arguing and eventual mind numbing "what...

Before Midnight

By Tojoany
A great movie that all adults should see; a true love story that many people experience, but forget about it during the travails of every day life. Don't get a DIVORCE, learn from the movie, and...


By wardlape
A very sentimental and good movie, this is a fast glimpse at two lives at the end of a six-week Greek holiday. The boy-girl relationship of these sexy 40-year-olds is so unbelievable it is...

Loved the first 2, and this was no disappointment

By saharper34
I loved the first two movies when I watched them 10 and (holy crap...almost) 20 years ago...and, I practically stalked Before Midnight until it came to Chicago. Needless to say, I was not...

Boring, Boring!!

By bizjet
Boring too much talking, no action at all, only two people talking about their lives... An hour and a half of a husband and wife arguing with each other. Even the beauty of Greece is lost. I have...

Before Midnight

By dstewert
Don't believe the reviews, and don't bother An hour and a half of a husband and wife arguing with each other Even the beauity of Greece is lost in this self-agrandizing and tedious movie with...

Before Midnight

By jlamsell
One might assume that this is just a sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, but that would be imprecise. Rather, it is a continuation of a story that explores the growing relationship between...

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Rated R | For Sexual Content/Nudity and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Brilliant, mature third chapter to heartfelt romantic saga.
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