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Julia Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

November 24, 2011
David Fear
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Perri Nemiroff

Swinton approaches Julia with an all-or-nothing attitude, creating an ungodly eccentric character and evoking an impressive array of audience emotions.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 14, 2010
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Tilda Swinton's strong central performance saves an otherwise routine drug drama.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3/4

July 20, 2010
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

December 10, 2009
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

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 Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

December 3, 2009
Tim Grierson
The Simon

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.

Full Review Source: The Simon

October 15, 2009
Pete Hammond

Tilda Swinton is electrifying in this riveting, knock-your-socks-off crime thriller that is just about as intense as movies get.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 4/5

September 8, 2009
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Charles Bukowski would have loved this foul-mouthed, fiery, reckless woman. Against all odds and common sense, you will, too.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 27, 2009
Paul Chambers

The plot is over-the-top, but Swinton makes you stay with the film long after the writer/director loses credibility.

Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Original Score: B-

August 18, 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 Source: UGO | Original Score: B+

August 11, 2009
Beverly Berning

I recommend going to see it, but don't blame me when you feel like you've downed a fifth of vodka afterwards.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

July 11, 2009
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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In a sense, it goes to all the places a sensitive character study might have gone, but more dramatically, convincingly and vividly.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

July 10, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A nerve-wracking thriller with a twisty plot and startling realism.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

July 3, 2009
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Swinton is mesmerising as a messed-up drunk.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 2, 2009
Chris Cabin

a tonally-consistent, lively thriller that is very much of the filmmaker's own little corner of the world

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

June 16, 2009
William Thomas
Empire Magazine

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 Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

May 28, 2009
Cynthia Fuchs

Julia is a mix of fantasy and tragedy, with the violence amped up and the background noisy and lurid.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

May 21, 2009
Marcy Dermansky

Zonca's Julia is a difficult movie to stomach, but entirely worth the emotional unrest it puts through you.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 11, 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
Leonard Maltin
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May 8, 2009
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