Before Sunrise (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Before Sunrise (1995)



Critic Consensus: Thought-provoking and beautifully filmed, Before Sunrise is an intelligent, unabashedly romantic look at modern love, led by marvelously natural performances from Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.

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The film revolves around the story of a young man and woman who meet on a train and impulsively decide to get off at Vienna. With only one night ahead, the two spend their time exploring the city and getting to know each other, knowing that they have to eventually go their separate ways.

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Andrea Eckert
as Wife on Train
Hanno Pöschl
as Husband on Train
Karl Bruckschwaiger
as Guy on Bridge
Tex Rubinowitz
as Guy on Bridge
Erni Mangold
as Palm Reader
Dominik Castell
as Street Poet
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Book Store Manager
Louise Lemoine Torres
as Journalist #1
Harold Waiglein
as Guitarist in Club
Bilge Jeschim
as Belly Dancer
Rodolphe Pauly
as Journalist #2
as Percussionist
as Philippe
Hans Weingartner
as Cafe Patron
Albert Delpy
as Man at Grill
Liese Lyon
as Cafe Patron
Peter Ily Huemer
as Cafe Patron
Otto Reiter
as Cafe Patron
Branko Andric
as Cafe Patron
John Sloss
as Cafe Patron
Alexandra Seibel
as Cafe Patron
Georg Schollhammer
as Cafe Patron
Wilbirg Reiter
as Cafe Patron
Barbara Klebel
as Musician on Boat
Wolfgang Staribacher
as Musician on Boat
Wolfgang Gluxam
as Harpsichord Player
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Critic Reviews for Before Sunrise

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (6)

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.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

What a film like Before Sunrise champions is that some of the most meaningful moments in our lives can be sensual and ephemeral: a look, a touch, a feeling, a few short hours.

May 1, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The films have always been about the marvels and limitations of impersonation, since behind Jesse and Céline we see Hawke and Delpy, celebrities whose stars were bright already in the first film and have intensified, owing partly to this series...

March 13, 2019 | Full Review…

There's a vulnerable undercurrent beneath this film, one that beats and throbs with the stolen looks, brief touches and romantic under-the-stars kisses.

April 20, 2015 | Full Review…

Undoubtedly one of the most romantic movies of all time...

July 22, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

...a bittersweet celebration of romantic frisson - the notion that our most precious moments of connection are often the fleeting ones.

May 28, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Before Sunrise

One of my favorite movies of all time. This is what great romance movies are made of. The story is not that complicated: it's just two strangers who meet on a train and spend the rest of their day (and night) together. The dialogue feels very natural, almost like we're evesdropping on a real conversation. There are so many scenes and bits of dialogue from this movie that I loce and that ring true to my own (or anyone's) life. It is truly a hidden gem and a pleasure to rewatch every other year.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah......... yawwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnn. Wonder why so many people like it so much!!! This surely wasn't my cup of tea.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Sweet romantic movie about an American guy meeting a European girl on a train and spend the day together in Vienna. Similar story to serendipity.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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