ann’s review published on Letterboxd:
After a long week of studying for my finals, I decided to end this trilogy. I think it was a tough decision for Richard Linklater to make not one, but three movies based on a one-night encounter, and its evolution through the years. This is because you can only receive so much of the characters, and their situation when they become older and mature is, naturally, boring. There isn't a desire to romanticize any longer, their struggles become as common as any of those of couples their age, and the truth —which had basically been ignored in the past movies— is not only ordinary, but quite disheartening. I cannot say I cared about the cinematography, or the sound, or the dialogue in general. It is all so shallow and conventional that I forget that its lead characters were once able to make me feel both ecstatic and hopeful. Their emotions are taken for granted, that it feels as though nothing happens until Julie Delpy fantastically confronts Jesse, being, to me, the only stand-out of the film. Céline and Jesse are meant to be disconnected, but they seem so off and with such little chemistry and shyness toward each other compared to the first films, that you might really think they have become just another old couple with the problems every couple on Earth has. Every word was so out of it that I expected to feel their love, even if this one was different from the two young adults that met on a train, or the lost adults in Paris. It was not nearly as energetic or substantial, substracting the objective of the entire trilogy. Nevertheless, at least it was realistical, maybe too much so for it to be so unprofound; and it was entertaining from beginning to end. I loved Before Sunrise, and especially Before Sunset, but their greatness could not be equaled in the third installment, even if the film itself does a great job in depicting love through time.