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Before Sunset Review

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  • 5.0

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    Universal acclaim
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    critic review scores.

  • 100

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    USA Today Mike Clark

    A movie this diminutive can be easily oversold, but we might see it on some year-end best lists. It eats at you, just like renewed love.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The new film, which unfolds in real time over the course of 80 minutes, is a deeper, darker, altogether more memorable experience. It doesn't extend the characters so much as fulfill them.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    This is one of the most wildly romantic movies in ages.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    This is a romance with minimal physical contact and sex--and that's part of what makes it work so well as a love story.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    It's "My Dinner With Andre" for the relationship generation.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Charming, talky romance for older teens and adults.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Before Sunset is targeted at adults, but older teens might enjoy the intellectual discussions between the couple, who thoughtfully discuss big ideas, from God to finding meaning in life. They discuss sex, too, sometimes explicitly, and there's an implication of adultery. Characters drink and smoke throughout in a casual manner.

  • Families can talk about what might have happened if Jesse and Celine had stayed together in Vienna. Would they have been ready for a relationship when they were younger? What do you think it is that draws them to each other?
  • What is the strength of this movie? What would have made it less successful?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Themes include love, commitment, longing, fulfillment, spirituality, the meaning of life -- all are intellectualized in a thoughtful way.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Both characters are older and wiser than in the first movie. They are still thoughtful, articulate, romantic, and a bit impulsive. By the end of the movie, there's the implication that both characters will be unfaithful to their partners.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false3

    Sex: Explicit sexual references, though nothing happens. Lots of sexual tension and the implication that sex will occur.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking by adults.