Sweet and genuine, moving but never schmaltzy, with extensive dialogue that miraculously never has you glancing at your watch(by now a Linklater trademark). While I look forward to seeing the extra value the rest of the trilogy will add, it definitely stands on its own two feet.
All love stories can become a piece of garbage when transformed in a motion picture, particularly the fictional ones. This movie is definitely not the case. Very well written and directed, it makes us wish we had experienced something like that. But that's a great way to picture love, something unpredictable that makes you do something you wouldn't expect to do!
More like 2.8 out of 5. I really liked the premise and the beginning, but the second act got quite repetitive and their conversations got a bit overwhelming. There was also a voyeuristic quality to watching this relationship happen that was a bit weird. I expected to be in Hawke's shoes and the way it's portrayed I felt a bit like a Peeping Tom. In that way, it's the best third wheel movie ever made.
The acting by the two leads is simply terrible. The dialogue are beyond terrible, who the heck unfolds philosophical life opinions the whole night? The two character are really annoying, I wouldn't like them as friends. Boring and simply bad. Why is this movie rated so high?
Before Sunrise has captured the spirit of the perfect first date -given you are a philosophical slacker- without losing credibility. No person but Linklater could have done this, him being the true slacker representative who's capable of devising such authentic and interesting philosophical dialogues. I had an intense experience watching this, as if it were part of my own life. It is the ultimate slacker-romance.