Before Midnight

Before Midnight

Before Midnight

Director Richard Linklater revisits distant lovebirds Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) in Greece, nine years after being reacquainted in Before Sunset (2004) and almost two decades since they first met on the train in Before Sunrise (1995).

After spending the "best summer ever" with him in Greece, Jesse sees his son off back to his mother in the U.S. But as he returns to Celine and their two twin daughters, the global sense of separation begins to weight down on him. Treated to a luxurious seaside hotel by their Greek friends, Jesse and Celine head down for a night of romance while their kids are looked after. But what was intended as an evening of passion – akin to Jesse’s novels – turns into an uncomfortable confrontation as their fears and insecurities begin to surface…

2013Rating: MA15+, Strong sex scene, sexual references, nudity and coarse language108 minsUSA
DramaRomance
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Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

It’s doubtful that anyone cares more for longitudinal love birds Jesse and Celine than Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, for this third entry in the Before series continues to treat them with devoted dignity, even when life threatens to render their devotion less dignified.

4.0

Perfect take on real love and real life

This film felt really refreshing to watch, why don't other movies have dialogue that feels so easy and natural? It is a credit to the actors, who after creating their characters almost 20 years ago, have grown with them and allowed them to develop into real people that it is impossible not to identify with on some level. I thought about this movie a lot...

4.0

Loved the dialouge

Really slow in the begining, almost boring, however as the movie progressed I found it was most enjoyable and in places laugh out loud funny. The audience related it the fiklm as well as there were audible gasps and titters during the arguing scenes!

4.0

WTF

There were three scenes and the last scene was of an argument, if I wanted to listen to someone argue I would go talk to my ex because that is what it felt like! I have never seen a movie that was funny and boring at the same time!

LOVED it

Nine years have passed since our last visit with Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), an astonishing 18 years have skipped by since our first meeting, and I can't think of another film series that better captures the passage of time than Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight trilogy. What started as a sweet and fanciful romance has...

5.0

Great movie, thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thought provoking, sometimes amusing wonderfully written drama with superb performances by the actors to boot

4.0

Interesting.....

I was surprised by the film, it was different to what I expected. The scenes were very long and there was a lot of talking, though it was humorous and the acting was good. I also didn't realise this was the third of a set of movies, had I known I would have watched the first two before seeing this one, it may have helped tie everything in together?

2.0

Good Movie

Something refreshing. Good script and the main characters delivered their lines with convincing passion and truth.

Not many scenes but great dialogue

It was great to see a movie that you concentrate on what is being said rather than constant scene changes. A movie that most people could relate to and even recall when they have had similar conversations. Realistic and funny.

4.0

What a trilogy!

I just hope Linklater decides to end it there. At perfection.

5.0

Loved it

I didn't see the previous two movies but loved this one. You might be abit surprised with the amount of talking there is but those conversation were funny. This movie has excellent script and now I can't wait to wait the previous other two.

Variety

Variety

press

Honoring all that was memorable about its forebears while taking the story to new depths of catharsis, Before Midnight stands as a unique and uniquely satisfying entry in what has shaped up to be an outstanding screen trilogy.

Total Film

Total Film

press

A more-than-worthy, expectations-exceeding chapter in one of modern cinema’s finest love stories. As honest, convincing, funny, intimate and natural as its predecessors.

5.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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 where all lingering doubts are finally and furiously outed, there’s nowhere left for them to ramble. They’re pinned down and have to improvise, but this glorious movie has infinite space to roam.

5.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Before Midnight is intimate and intelligent, and also undemanding in the best possible way.

5.0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Predictably, it's just as great as the first two.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A bit tarter than its predecessors, but not skimping on their woozy, chatty charm, this perfectly played, gently incisive film is a welcome new chapter in one of cinema’s most beguiling ongoing romances. See it with someone you’ve loved for some time.

4.0
Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

press

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 other’s throats.

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

It’s doubtful that anyone cares more for longitudinal love birds Jesse and Celine than Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, for this third entry in the Before series continues to treat them with devoted dignity, even when life threatens to render their devotion less dignified.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Honoring all that was memorable about its forebears while taking the story to new depths of catharsis, Before Midnight stands as a unique and uniquely satisfying entry in what has shaped up to be an outstanding screen trilogy.

Total Film

Total Film

press

A more-than-worthy, expectations-exceeding chapter in one of modern cinema’s finest love stories. As honest, convincing, funny, intimate and natural as its predecessors.

5.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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 where all lingering doubts are finally and furiously outed, there’s nowhere left for them to ramble. They’re pinned down and have to improvise, but this glorious movie has infinite space to roam.

5.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Before Midnight is intimate and intelligent, and also undemanding in the best possible way.

5.0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Predictably, it's just as great as the first two.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A bit tarter than its predecessors, but not skimping on their woozy, chatty charm, this perfectly played, gently incisive film is a welcome new chapter in one of cinema’s most beguiling ongoing romances. See it with someone you’ve loved for some time.

4.0
Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

press

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 other’s throats.

Perfect take on real love and real life

This film felt really refreshing to watch, why don't other movies have dialogue that feels so easy and natural? It is a credit to the actors, who after creating their characters almost 20 years ago, have grown with them and allowed them to develop into real people that it is impossible not to identify with on some level. I thought about this movie a lot...

4.0

Loved the dialouge

Really slow in the begining, almost boring, however as the movie progressed I found it was most enjoyable and in places laugh out loud funny. The audience related it the fiklm as well as there were audible gasps and titters during the arguing scenes!

4.0

WTF

There were three scenes and the last scene was of an argument, if I wanted to listen to someone argue I would go talk to my ex because that is what it felt like! I have never seen a movie that was funny and boring at the same time!

LOVED it

Nine years have passed since our last visit with Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), an astonishing 18 years have skipped by since our first meeting, and I can't think of another film series that better captures the passage of time than Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight trilogy. What started as a sweet and fanciful romance has...

5.0

Great movie, thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thought provoking, sometimes amusing wonderfully written drama with superb performances by the actors to boot

4.0

Interesting.....

I was surprised by the film, it was different to what I expected. The scenes were very long and there was a lot of talking, though it was humorous and the acting was good. I also didn't realise this was the third of a set of movies, had I known I would have watched the first two before seeing this one, it may have helped tie everything in together?

2.0

Good Movie

Something refreshing. Good script and the main characters delivered their lines with convincing passion and truth.

Not many scenes but great dialogue

It was great to see a movie that you concentrate on what is being said rather than constant scene changes. A movie that most people could relate to and even recall when they have had similar conversations. Realistic and funny.

4.0

What a trilogy!

I just hope Linklater decides to end it there. At perfection.

5.0

Loved it

I didn't see the previous two movies but loved this one. You might be abit surprised with the amount of talking there is but those conversation were funny. This movie has excellent script and now I can't wait to wait the previous other two.