☆ Sophie ☆’s review published on Letterboxd:
After watching 'Before Sunrise' and 'Before Sunset,' I was expecting some sort of 'Grand Finale' but was a bit disappointed with this one. It's very different from the two Before films. The film only focuses on Jesse and Celine's relationship during the second half of the film, and there are more characters that they interact with during the beginning of the film. The strongest aspects of this trilogy are the endless flowing dialogue, the acting, and the real characters.
In 'Before Midnight,' they have been a couple for nine years (with kids), but their personality differences have not been worked on, and their marriage is on the rocks. It was not entertaining for me to watch Jesse and Celine try to win this argument by throwing out all the stereotypes, generalizations, and platitudes. They've been together now for many years, and the parents of twin girls Ella and Nina. Jesse is divorced, and his son Henry is just leaving him to head back to the States, where he lives with his mother. They've all been vacationing in beautiful Greece for the summer. As mentioned, why ruin all the positives of the first two films with all this mean-spiritedness? Overall, I feel this movie wasn't needed. However, I guess it was portrayed as a "with great love comes great responsibility," featuring fights and banters.