Pedro’s review published on Letterboxd:
Before midnight is the perfect and melancholy ending to this trilogy that addresses human relationships in a real and raw way. There's no cliché, it's like you're following Jesse's life with Celine in real time. The first meeting, the two met 9 years later and finally their marriage. I think that no film (in this case a trilogy) has managed to address such human subjects with so much reality.
Ethan Hawke, Julie delpy and Richard linklater managed to create a simple love story that we could all report to. Each film has an interval of 9 years and you can see it in the appearance of the characters and the actors, and how the linklater improves in the direction of each film. The three will always be marked by this trilogy.
It was very sad to finish watching before midnight, it was the last chapter of Jesse's relationship with Celine, it was a ending full of discussions, but it was the perfect ending for showing that neither Jesse's marriage to Celine is perfect.
Jesse: Oh, fuck it. know something? You're just like the little girls and everybody else. You wanna live inside some fairy tale. I'm just trying to make things better. I tell you i love you, i tell you you're beautiful, i tell you that your ass looks great when you're 80. I'm trying to make you laugh.
Jesse: all right, i put up with plenty of your shit. And if you think i'm just some dog who's gonna keep coming back, you're wrong. But If you want true love, then this is it. This is real life. It's not perfect, but it's real. And if you can't see it, then you're blind, all right, and i give up.
The before trilogy is a masterpiece. An example of how to create a story over 18 years without losing the essence of the story and the characters.