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Before the Rains

drama, romance


An Englishman intent on opening a spice plantation in Kerala attempts to gain the trust of the local villagers and destroys numerous lives in the process in this period drama.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    49%
  • Audience Score
    50%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    49%
    reviews counted: 28
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  • Audience

    50%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: A predictable patchwork of forbidden romance, English arrogance, a gun given as a gift, suicide, corruption, deception, rising Indian nationalism and a short-lived chase through the jungle.

- Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, Friday, May 16, 2008

Rotten: So pretty and so utterly lifeless you can almost smell the embalming fluid coming off the screen.

- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Friday, May 9, 2008

Rotten: It's standard soap opera dramaturgy in wrinkled linens, loincloths and saris.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thursday, May 15, 2008

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Things do not end well for a love affair between two different races and casts set in India as colonial rule is ending. The Indian scenery is worth the watch.

- Redlats, Saturday, July 24, 2010

4 stars

Great movie. Good story plot. Here is a movie by Santosh Sivan. This is a movie that captivates you, and it holds such a great interest that you are left feeling intrigued. Great cast- Nandita Das, Linus Roache, and Rahul Bose. Amazing music. Definitely worth seeing.

- iLeo, Sunday, October 26, 2008

3 stars

I liked it, but I would have liked it about the same if everything was cut out except the music and the shots of scenic India.

- smootysveen, Friday, May 9, 2008