100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In uniting to honor Arenas, Bardem and Schnabel create something extraordinary.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
It's an horrific and tragic story, but somehow made beautiful through the care and attention of Schnabel's direction and Bardem's tender, unforgettable performance.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Arenas' life zigzags before us in a manner as heady and unpredictable as it must have felt to the man who lived it.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
This is an art film in the true sense of the term, engaging the mind, senses and emotions in a way that only movies at their best can do.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
This is a sad, passionate, beautifully wrought story, and Bardem's portrait of Arenas is at once daring and deeply moving.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There is a little something of the spoiled masochist about Arenas. One would not say he seeks misery, but he wears it like a badge of honor, and we can see his mistakes approaching before he does. This is not a weakness in the film but one of its intriguing strengths
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Most of all it's the emotional and spiritual arc of an exile, in all its terrible isolation, that gives ''Before Night Falls'' its power.
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80

Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
It's such a sensory experience; in its best moments, the film washes over you like a fever dream.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A personal eulogy, from one artist to another, and an indictment of all systems of government that deny people the right to free expression and the full realization of their talent.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Plays like a labor of love.
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85 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.