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The 2013 Sundance Review Report: ‘Before Midnight’

The 2013 Sundance Review Report: 'Before Midnight'

"Before Midnight"

“Before Midnight”

The Sundance Review Report rounds up each day’s notable premieres, along with a sampling of their reviews and tweets from Park City, Utah. Here’s a special edition devoted to the reaction to Richard Linklater’s highly anticipated “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset” sequel, “Before Midnight.”

Before Midnight
Category: Premieres
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Xenia Kalogeropoulou, Ariane Labed, Athina Rachel Tsangari
Synopsis:We meet Celine and Jesse nine years after their last rendezvous. Almost two decades have passed since their first encounter on a train bound for Vienna, and we now find them in their early forties in Greece. Before the clock strikes midnight, we will again become part of their story.”


Justin Chang, Variety:

Exquisite, melancholy, hilarious and cathartic.”

Eric Kohn, Indiewire:

“With ‘Before Midnight,’ Richard Linklater has completed one of the finest movie trilogies of all time.”

Katey Rich, Cinema Blend:

“It’s perfect.”

John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter:

Though this stage is harder to watch, audiences who have aged along with Celine and Jesse will treasure this new episode.”

Matt Patches, Hollywood.com:

“Preserves the integrity of the past while boldly breaking new ground for Celine and Jesse.”

Matt Goldberg, Collider.com:

“A lived-in love story.”

Tim Grierson, Screen International:

“This very honest and very funny film may lack the exuberant romantic spirit of the first two movies, but for director Richard Linklater and his stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, that’s precisely the point.”

Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist:

While ‘Before Midnight’ certainly has its appealing moments of allure and levity, it’s ultimately more ‘This Is 40’-style pain with much more honesty and real bite than Judd Apatow would likely ever go for.”

Damon Wise, The Guardian:

“Admirers of the first two films will feel pangs of nostalgia and a residual warmth for its charismatic leads, but as an extension to the series it feels forced and unnecessary.”


Mike Ryan, Huffington Post:

“‘Before Midnight’ is by far the most relatable of the three films. These are now real people, not a caricature of “true love.” #sundance

Anne Thompson, Thompson on Hollywood:

Linklater, Hawke & Delpy hit homerun on male-female conflicts with ‘Before Midnight.’ #Sundance2013

David Fear, Time Out New York:

“Spoiler: ‘Before Midnight’ is a fucking masterpiece. I am not joking. #BeforeMidnight #Sundance

Kris Tapley, In Contention:

Linklater, Delpy & Hawke find a whole new deeper level in ‘Before Midnight.’ Brilliant in that it steers toward epiphany but never gets there.”

Germain Lussier, /Film:

Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy live up to impossible expectations with ‘Before Midnight.’ J’adore. #sundance

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