Tom Zavertnik’s review published on Letterboxd:
Never had I been so enveloped in conversations between two characters in a film before. Or frankly a whole trilogy.
Following Jesse and Celine from their young and thriving 20s all the way to their tired and complicated 40s, has been one hell of a journey. Seeing how their views of the world and love and its purpose to them evolve throughout time.
Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy have truly created a piece of true romantic beauty that explores the humanistic emotions that make us love one another, and questions the connections that love brings.
Sunrise being the film that shows the young and infectious love that sparks a relationship of passion. Sunset being the film that rekindles that unforgotten love. And finally Midnight, the film that explores the pains of real life, no matter how strong the relationship.
I feel these films will hit even harder once I've had the universal experiences that Jesse and Celine have went through. But Linklater's, Hawke's and Delpy's craftsmanship in scripting and performances makes these films a must watch.
That last scene in Before Midnight. God damn that last scene. THAT LAST LINE DESTROYED ME.