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Before Sunrise Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Before Sunrise speaks as much to the mind as to the heart, and much of what it says is likely to strike a responsive chord -- a rare and special accomplishment for any motion picture.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Before Sunrise is so much like real life - like a documentary with an invisible camera - that I found myself remembering real conversations I had experienced with more or less the same words.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    If Linklater goes to a bit of an extreme here, it's in making both characters so intelligent and sincere, so ardent and giving, that they seem a little too good to believe.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Two strangers quickly fall in love, discuss big ideas.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film's straightforwardness is bound to make its ideas about sex, romance, and religion convincing to a late-teen audience in search of answers for life's toughest questions. Sex, however, is only implied and is dealt with in a very serious, respectful manner. There's a bit of language, and not much action, so teens who are looking for a shoot 'em up movie will be sorely disappointed.

  • Families can talk about the possible downside to brief romances. Trusting a raffish stranger on a train may be romantic, but could it be dangerous? How does one balance the need to be romantic and free-spirited with responsibility? Is there a way to be careful about romantic relationships without being jaded or unromantic?
  • How is it possible to keep audiences entertained without much action? Would this movie have been as successful with different actors?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Celebrates youth, spontaneity, romance, adventure, and explores themes of honesty, identity, commitment all in a very intellectual way.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Both characters are flawed, but real and generally "good." Both seem hesitant or cynical at times, and are not always honest with each other initially. But both are also smart, thoughtful, and interesting people.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false3

    Sex: Lots of frank discussion of sex and love, with some kissing, and the implication of sex.

  • language false3

    Language: Some casual swearing.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some casual drinking.