A good feel good movie. Not to be taken too seriously. I watched it as I intend to watch the sequels.
I was all set on loving this movie and, to give it credit, they talk about what they see as the reason marriages fail - and I thinkthey're on the right track about that, and they talk about people transforming through life and love (that love has a lot to do with projecting your "ideal" person onto the "interesting" guy or girl you've just met ) ---but I found I became more and more annoyed with this movie as it went along because of things that didn't "gel" in the storyline: 1) the MAJOR problem was how CONTRIVED, FAKE, SELF-CONCIOUS and "full of it's own importance" the situation and dialogue was and it requires a HUGE suspension of disbelief to think it would happen that the movie couldn't help but fail to connect with me / this audience; they talked about such deep and intimate things from the start - granted, they only had that night to squeeze in everything they were going to say to, or do with, each other - but who would tell all that to a stranger you've only just met? Especially someone you acknowledge that you probably will never see again? I don't think so. 2) "Jesse" talks about whatever things he wants to say yet "Celine" often then goes onto a totally non-connected topic - granted, it's what's in / on her mind - but it certainly doesn't seem to be connected to "Jesse" or what he's been talking about...it's like they've got verbal diarrhoea because they've only got this night together before they "turn into pumpkins" and go their own ways 3) "Celine" is so busy spouting feminist thoughts and positions, being defensive about her feminist position, being contrary, negative and morbid in what she says that that even if she were the most beautiful woman on Earth it would KILL ANY ROMANTIC FEELINGS I think ANY GUY would have and he'd want to RUN AWAY, SCREAMING, FROM HER, from this MADWOMAN 4) their viewpoint about many things is so different or opposite that they wouldn't even think about being with each other for more than that night - if you could even stick with it that long. 6) The ending is too much a "Hollywood / American movie" ending for an arthouse movie - in the movie they say it will be their only night "together" but at the end they make plans to meet in 6 months time - ah, ain't that cute? Love conquers all.NOT. That all added up to a very unsatisfactory movie for me.
May be deemed a bit on the slow side. However, its philosophy is profound and challenges the status quo. It is a proponent of living in the Now.
Before Sunrise (the first one - Before Sunset covers their meeting years later). Starts Julie Delpy, a very beautiful young woman. The movie is a dull and pointless conversation that only a very young and inexperienced person could enjoy.
A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one romantic evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together. Horrible
Liked this more than most reviewers. If you don't like dialogue in a movie then definitely don't bother with this one. However if you like the idea of two young people getting to know one another then give it a go. Thought the Ethan Hawke character was slightly off putting, but Julie Delpy was great.
This would be the worst movie I have seen in a very long time. Towards the end I just started skipping to the next scene. Same boring stuff!
not an action movie, very boring
It was liking watching paint dry.
What a rambling movie..beautifully shot in Vienna is the only consolation..Yak..Yak.. and more Yak between a boy and a girl..disapointing..cannot recommend this viewers..I give it a 4/10..
Couldn't get any more pretentious.
This movie was quite quirky but enjoyable in a lot of ways. Nice film to watch and reminisce about times you have spent enjoying cities in Europe.
I bit drawn-out but watchable
wonderful movie, absolutely loved it. It is soooooo romantic and I will watch it again and again.
Nice to watch on a rainy afternoon.
Makes me want to fall in love all over again, a must see for any romantic at heart!!!
I cannot believe that I sat watching this movie for 40 minutes just to see where it was going. Boring, boring, boring. More interesting watching grass grow
This movie will strike a chord with anyone who has experienced a chance meeting leading to a brief unconsumated love affair. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy accidentally meet, are mutually attracted and for 14 hours open up to each other in ways that their limited time together force upon them. Without empathy with their situation viewers will find their conversations and near plotless story boring. However, if you are engaged, as I was, it's a charming romance with plenty of erotic tension.
Sorry I found this rather boring, a good movie to put on while doing something else as there is no real story to follow.
Two people talking seemingly about anything that comes into their heads. Boring!!!
A lot of clever talk, romance and a beautiful backdrop of Vienna.
I missed this one but heard raves from friends and have been meaning to watch it. Finally got around to it. Finished it and immediately wanted to see the sequal.
Would watch it again.
I saw the sequel first... set approx 10 years later, they are so 'enquiring' in this, definitely worth watching. The sequel is better, 'After sunset'if I recall.
Wonderful, intelligent converation and romance. One of my best movies ever. Sequel, Before Sunset, was equally good.
Unengaging characters, tedious dialogue, overly self-concious and contrived. I abandoned the movie after 15 mins. Maybe it would've improved but I wasn't prepared to waste any more of my life finding out.
I actually saw the second movie (Before Sunset) first and remember I quite enjoyed it. But this movie wasn't anywhere near as enjoyable. It was a very similar movie, however it just seemed to drag on and on... the whole movie is basically a dialogue between two people, a guy and a girl who meet on a train in europe, and spend a day and an evening together in Venice. I was expecting a movie up to the quality of the second, but was let down.
A clever script (like 'Tapes') that we found engaging from both our individual experiences and observed gender behaviours. Looking forward to the follow up 'Before Sunset'.
really really boring conversations between the only two characters in the movie.
Starts good then gets boring.
Julie Delpy is beautiful and puts in a winning performance and Wien is gorgeous. Ethan Hawke is ho hum! This is a film that required either tighter editing or tighter scripting.
A very boring film. The Vienna background was the only good thing about it.
Nice views of Vienna, not much happens but enjoyable nevertheless. 'tis nice to be young...
No great depth to this, but something to watch if you're tired and a little down (but not seriously depressed!). Enjoyable but not demanding.
Put up with it for 35 mins. and then abandoned it. Perhaps its the age factor, but just boring to us.
Very slow. You get waiting for something to happen and it doesn't.
A bit slow & tedious in places, but well acted and shot.
A thoroughly absorbing and charming film. Protracted dialogue between the (only)two main characters is never boring, highlighting several fascinating ideas in conversation, exploring feelings and aspirations. Set against a background of wonderful historic buildings and situations, the film is an absolute delight.
I actually saw Before Sunset before seeing Before Sunrise. Maybe this has tainted my view. But I can definitely say that Before Sunset is worthy of 5 stars. Unfortunately, I'd give Before Sunrise only 3. The sequel is amazingly filmed and definitely worth seeing if you are disappointed with Before Sunrise.
This is a gentle but non-cliched story that never goes too far in telling the story of two young people poised to head in their own directions who by chance meet on the train to Vienna - and take a chance which enhances their lives.Ethan Hawke is most engaging as well as his young co-star Ms Delpy.
If you're a 20 something backpacker you might find this interest. Great angst-ridden dialog and acting, but doesn't really go anywhere.
Excellent character development by these two young actors, I didn't expect to enjoy this film as much as I did.
What a really nice movie. The location, the actors really made the storyline work. I can't wait to see its sequel!
Dialogue is tedious and disconnected. Some good nature shots and views of Vienna.
Absolutely marvellous movie. A "fly on the wall" approach with long, continuous scenes. The superb acting of beautiful actress, Julie Delphy showing the development of their interaction over the course of about 12 hours is top of the class.
Had one not known that they would meet again, (in Before Sunset),one would feel extremely sad at the uncertainty of them ever seeing each other again as their empathy is something that has to be seen to be believed.
If you are contemplating seeing in the theatre, "Before Sunset", see this first.
This DVD is definitely a permanent addition to my library and will receive many replayings.