Steve Pennock’s review published on Letterboxd:
After watching the 'Before' series back to back for my first time of each movie I have to say these films were exceptional. Each not only builds on the last but they stand out individually representing a specific period in these characters lives.
Before Sunrise is idealistic and beautiful in its naivety as they are both young and open to anything.
Before Sunset hits a little harder showing that sometimes the ideas of your 20s don't quite match up to how your life turns out. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't try.
Before Midnight is a joyful and devastating look at love in equal measure. Linklater really doesn't hold back here. This film is raw and emotional. After nearly 4 hours getting to know these characters previously I felt like I knew them. I knew where I wanted the story to go, Linklater both ignored and laughed at my hopes and I am glad he did.
I hoped for a hollywood ending and not one of the movies let me have it, after 10 minutes of sulking about it I am thankful they didn't. It is so refreshing to have a movie just end, end when it says its going to. Not everything in life wraps up perfectly just in time for the closing credits and that is reflected in the Before movies.
This film was the stand out of the three for me just surpassing it predecessors through the sheer emotional journey it took me on. I think watching them back to back gave this one more credit than it maybe would have received as an individual film. As an individual film Before Sunset is better. However I truly believe that these films are meant to be enjoyed in succession so thats how im rating it.