• Julia
    2 minutes 58 seconds
    Added: Apr 24, 2009


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Julia Reviews

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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We never get a good look at her demons, just the havoc they wreak.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 8, 2009
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Picture Fargo played with no sense of comedy, and you'll get some idea of the absurdity of this drunken floozy, clicking and wobbling on high heels, often with bits of her anatomy hanging out, trying to pull off the perfect crime.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 8, 2009
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Like any beautiful, heartbreaking wreck -- we can never take our eyes off Julia. Or the fierce and uncompromising actress bringing her to awful, astonishing life.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

May 8, 2009
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A bungled thriller that starts out badly and never recovers.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

May 8, 2009
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Ms. Swinton doesn't have Ms. Rowlands' tenderness, but, damn, she has just about everything else you need or want.

| Original Score: 3/5

May 8, 2009
Noel Murray
AV Club
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[Director] Zonca's merely feeding off Swinton's manic performance, which starts out tough to watch, then becomes gripping.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A-

May 7, 2009
Geoff Berkshire

[Tilda Swinton] is on screen for nearly every second of this two-and-a-quarter-hour-plus film and it's a startling star turn indeed.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 7, 2009
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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This overlong, lurchy homage to John Cassavetes' 1980 film Gloria is a mess, but a fascinating one, given Swinton's desperately avid performance in the title role.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

May 6, 2009
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Watching the actor broadly wallow in human ugliness before turning into a red-maned mama lion single-handedly redeems this exercise in semigratuitous grit.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

May 6, 2009
Karina Longworth

Thrillingly far off the rails.

Full Review Source: SpoutBlog

May 6, 2009
Harvey S. Karten

Rages so strongly and effectively against alcoholism that it might convert some in the audience to Mormonism.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B+

May 6, 2009
Edward Douglas

Will be remembered for the unforgettable performance by Swinton that drives this inventive thriller.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 7/10

May 6, 2009
Scott Foundas
Village Voice
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Jeered upon its premiere at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival and only now receiving a token U.S. release, Julia demands to be reassessed and reckoned with.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 5, 2009
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

A nightmare of alcoholic bad behavior grafted to a chilling thriller ... you have no idea, scene to scene, where Zonca's desperately unstable tale will take you.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

May 4, 2009
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Zonca's story is an unruly beast, lurching this way and that like a biker hopped up on mescaline and paint thinner, its unpredictable rowdiness in sync with its out-of-control protagonist.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 3, 2009
Prairie Miller

Swinton masterfully pours much more than her heart into her drunken damsel in distress performance in this gin drenched drama. But the audience is unfortunately left to languish without a clue, as to how she ended up that way and who she may be when sober

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

April 30, 2009
Richard Mowe
Boxoffice Magazine

Swinton's character may be unsympathetic but the actress imbues her with a humanity that is engaging.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 24, 2009
Jon Frosch
Film Journal International

After a 10-year absence, French filmmaker Erick Zonca is back with a flawed but gripping English-language thriller powered by a superlative Tilda Swinton.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 20, 2009
Cole Smithey

"Julia" is more than an homage to John Cassavetes' 1980 maternal crime thriller "Gloria;" it is a spectacularly flawed genre experiment that goes so wrong, and with such an intense fury, that you can't pull yourself away from it.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C+

March 20, 2009
Jeremy Heilman

Julia is at once a marvel of screen acting, an unthinkably black comedy, and one of the few truly nail-biting suspense films to emerge this decade.

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 84/100

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