Metacritic Movie Ratings
Before Midnight Reviews

5.0

94

out of 100

Metascore®
Universal acclaim
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 100

    out of 100

    VarietyJustin Chang

    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

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  • 100

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    Entertainment WeeklyOwen Gleiberman

    Before Midnight confounds expectations in powerful and even haunting ways. It's not just darker than the previous two films. It's bigger, deeper, and more searching. It follows the characters through a tale of embattled love that extends far beyond them.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Village VoiceStephanie Zacharek

    Before Midnight—visually stunning, in a late-summer way—is more vital and cutting than another recent marriage picture, Michael Haneke's old-folks-together death march Amour; it has none of Amour's tasteful restraint, and in the end, it says more about the nature of long-term love.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    ReelViewsJames Berardinelli

    It's a rare and powerful thing to confront something honest and real on the big screen. It stays with you in a way that nothing else can. Before Midnight is fiction but it might as well be a documentary.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterJohn DeFore

    The work Richard Linklater and company started in 1995's Before Sunrise retains a clarity of spirit undimmed by 18 years.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRichard Roeper

    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.

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  • 88

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    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    Bittersweet, intelligently written, deftly acted and painfully honest.

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