Before Sunrise Synopsis
An American (Ethan Hawke) finds love with a Frenchwoman (Julie Delpy) in Vienna.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's a lovely and wistful celebration of youth, time and moments of connection -- and about the experience of living in the midst of a...
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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Before Sunrise is a film that first startles you with its simplicity, then bowls you over with its complexity.
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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Before Sunrise speaks as much to the mind as to the heart, and much of what it says is likely to strike a responsive chord -- a rare and...
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
If Linklater goes to a bit of an extreme here, it's in making both characters so intelligent and sincere, so ardent and giving, that they...
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89

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Watching and listening to these two is a charming experience; their conversation has the ring of veracity, and rarely does the viewer's...
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80

Empire

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The overall effect is too intelligent to be soppy and too damn good to be ignored.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
Delpy and Hawke begin to grow on you and Linklater and his actors achieve a point midway through the film when the characters are so...
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are attractive stars, but what's most appealing about the picture is the value it puts on sharing ideas and...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Before Sunrise is so much like real life - like a documentary with an invisible camera - that I found myself remembering real conversations...
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70

TV Guide

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The weight of the film rests on the shoulders of Hawke and Delpy, and they're both remarkable.
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Before Sunrise

By cevl
Great movie, you really need to listen to what they are saying, as the dialogue is very rich....

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BEFORE SUNRISE

By lugubriousthespian
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpi give totally believable and winning performances in this remarkably old fashioned tale of spur of the moment romance given a modern uplift when two souls at a crossroads...

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LIKE SOLAR MAGNETIC POETRY

By gilbert282
Aboard a train for vienna, Jesse and Celine, have no thought of when the day will dawn upon the prime of their lives. Their hearts beating on clashing impulses. Hers , humble but shrouding her...

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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Two strangers quickly fall in love, discuss big ideas.
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