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


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Julia Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Boasts an electrifying, brave performance by Tilda Swinton and has a thrilling initial half, but eventually becomes tedious and convoluted while lacking plausibility and insight into the titular character.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 5.0/10

May 11, 2009
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
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
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
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
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Unfortunately the Cassevetes-style film needed Cassavetes to make it. Zonca, essaying a pell-mell verismo, produces something resembling Gloria mugged by A Woman Under the Influence.

Full Review Source: Financial Times

December 5, 2008
Anthony Quinn

Swinton's Julia is one of those performances that goes so far in repelling audience sympathy that it comes out the other side looking almost admirable.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

December 5, 2008
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
Phil Hall
EDGE Boston

One should hope Tilda Swinton has a good dental plan - it will come in handy when the time comes to pry out the scenery she aggressively chomps.

Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Original Score: 1/5

December 8, 2009
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

Tilda Swinton gives a committed and courageously unsympathetic performance as the self-serving Julia, but this is a character with whom you would rather spend as little time as possible - and certainly not the endurance-testing running time.

Full Review Source: Times [UK]

December 5, 2008
Eddie Cockrell
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A startling misfire.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 13, 2008
Peter Bradshaw

Zonca has put together an ambitious and forthright story, but Swinton's contribution looks more like an actressy impersonation than a performance, and indeed Zonca's film itself looks like a European facsimile of Americana.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

December 5, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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This is Zonca's second feature. His first, The Dreamlife of Angels, was extraordinary. Rent that one instead.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

May 15, 2009

Sun Online

If the script had been half as powerful as Swinton, this could have been special.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 2/5

December 5, 2008
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
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
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

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
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
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
Leonard Maltin
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May 8, 2009
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