Julia Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Perri Nemiroff
CinemaBlend.com
August 14, 2010
Swinton approaches Julia with an all-or-nothing attitude, creating an ungodly eccentric character and evoking an impressive array of audience emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
July 20, 2010
Tilda Swinton's strong central performance saves an otherwise routine drug drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 10, 2009
It's simply impossible to imagine Eric Zonca's Julia, a noirish thriller and sharp character study inspired by Cassavetes' Gloria, without Tilda Swinton, who dominates the film from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
December 3, 2009
In Erick Zonca's tense and juicy noir, Tilda Swinton plays the title role with a crusty panache matched only by her matted, flaming-red thatch of hair (a character in its own right).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Grierson
The Simon
October 15, 2009
If you're feeling adventurous, seek it out. Swinton's masterful performance as the flailing, desperate L.A. alcoholic Julia will more than reward your time.
Pete Hammond
Hollywood.com
September 8, 2009
Tilda Swinton is electrifying in this riveting, knock-your-socks-off crime thriller that is just about as intense as movies get.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 27, 2009
Charles Bukowski would have loved this foul-mouthed, fiery, reckless woman. Against all odds and common sense, you will, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
August 18, 2009
The plot is over-the-top, but Swinton makes you stay with the film long after the writer/director loses credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 11, 2009
I salute the film's bravery for rushing off at full force on its own stream-of-consciousness logic, but for me, I found the final stages perhaps a tad too far-fetched.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Beverly Berning
culturevulture.net
July 11, 2009
I recommend going to see it, but don't blame me when you feel like you've downed a fifth of vodka afterwards.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 10, 2009
In a sense, it goes to all the places a sensitive character study might have gone, but more dramatically, convincingly and vividly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 3, 2009
A nerve-wracking thriller with a twisty plot and startling realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
July 2, 2009
Swinton is mesmerising as a messed-up drunk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
June 16, 2009
a tonally-consistent, lively thriller that is very much of the filmmaker's own little corner of the world
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
William Thomas
Empire Magazine
May 28, 2009
This is not really sure what it wants to be, an out-an-out thriller or a character portrait, but it exels at both in parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
May 21, 2009
Julia is a mix of fantasy and tragedy, with the violence amped up and the background noisy and lurid.
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
May 11, 2009
Zonca's Julia is a difficult movie to stomach, but entirely worth the emotional unrest it puts through you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 8, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
May 8, 2009
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