Before You Know It

critic Reviews

83% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score83%
  • Before You Know It wrings an entertaining dramedy out of one family's fraught dynamic thanks to wise, witty writing and sharp work from a talented ensemble.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Brad WheelerGlobe and Mail
    The dialogue is clever and the premise witty. It's a New York-y film that has the zip of a farce, without all the nuttiness. (There's a little nuttiness.)
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Katie WalshLos Angeles Times
    A charming and quirky New York tale, if a bit disorganized, finding its voice when it quiets down to just listen to the three women at the center of the story.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    David LewisSan Francisco Chronicle
    "Before You Know It" isn't without its moments, but it could have used more of them. Sometimes it's a slog.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Michael O'SullivanWashington Post
    "Before You Know It" isn't a deep movie, or a hilarious one, and Utt and Tullock probably don't expect it to be. But it is, in its undemanding, almost effortless way, warm and wise and watchable enough to be just this side of wonderful.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Christy LemireRogerEbert.com
    Before You Know It shifts seamlessly from quirky to sad to mysterious to wacky to surreal within just the space of a few days, so much so that you'd never know it's director Hannah Pearl Utt's feature filmmaking debut.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Ella TaylorNPR
    Wise, witty, and richly specific in its evocation of a family limping along on a wobbly foundation of secrets and lies.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Katherine MonkEx-Press.com
    The script captures the edges of the internal drama within each character without asking them to say everything out loud... It's such a female way of communicating that it gives the film a whole other facet, adding depth to a tub of predictable...
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Joe FriarThe Victoria Advocate
    Good performances, whimsical dialogue, and funny moments make this a memorable visit to the cinema.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Ken EisnerGeorgia Straight
    They turn a potentially complex family journey into silly farce and still expect you to care.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Martha K. BakerKDHX (St. Louis)
    Some films need to be seen, not for their polish but for their practice. Before You Know It is one of those films that had promise and that delivers on some of that promise.
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