63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
As scripted by Cathy Rabin and directed by Santosh Sivan, Before the Rains is never less than compelling, but never more than adequately realized.
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63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Sivan's film is well acted, beautifully photographed and oddly reassuring. It comes perilously close to suggesting that the injustices of colonial rule were the product of morally weak and misguided individuals rather than a system that empowered and enriched foreign interests at the expense of locals.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Tells the kind of story that would feel right at home in a silent film, and I suppose I mean that as a compliment.
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60

Empire

While the characters sometimes feel roughly drawn, the casting is spot on.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Yes, the Empire may be crumbling, and the natives getting restless, but it's all happening with such lyrical loveliness - even the corpses look good. Consequently, when the rains in Before the Rains finally arrive, there's nothing to cleanse, no real dirt to wash away - not with history already so neatly packaged and polished to a dull shine.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
The film's chief asset is its superbly atmospheric evocation of its period milieu.
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50

Boston Globe

The competent, at times suspenseful Before the Rains orbits us along a trajectory of innocence corrupted, domesticity infested by politics, and local tradition messed with by a powerful Westerner. Unfortunately, that trajectory feels routine.
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Pity that the direction and narrative lack passion. If there's anything a story of interracial adultery needs, it's passion.
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50

Chicago Tribune

It's more that the plot is incredibly predictable, the score is manipulative and the denouement completely unsatisfying. I can sit through cliched and even offensive (to a point). Just leave me with a little bit of mystery, an iota of suspense. That’s all I ask.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

This period piece is exactly what you'd expect from a Merchant Ivory production: a tragic tale of love set against a backdrop of opulent scenery.
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47 out of 100
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