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Being Julia (2004)



Critic Consensus: Annette Bening delivers a captivating performance in Being Julia, a sophisticated comedy that follows a 1930s stage diva who experiences an identity crisis at age 40.

Movie Info

In London in 1938, actress Julia Lambert is at her peak, physically and professionally, but her successful theatrical career and her marriage to handsome impresario Michael Gosselyn have become stale and unfulfilling. She longs for novelty, excitement, sparks. Enter Tom Fennell. A younger man who claims to be Julia's greatest fan. Finding his ardor irresistible, she decides that romance is the best antidote to a mid-life crisis and embarks on a passionate affair. Life becomes more daring and exciting, until Julia's young lover callously tries to relegate her to a supporting role. But on opening night, Julia reveals that she is a more formidable actress than anyone ever imagined.more
Rating: R (for some sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ronald Harwood
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 22, 2005
Box Office: $7.7M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Annette Bening
as Julia Lambert
Jeremy Irons
as Michael Gosselyn
Michael Gambon
as Jimmy Langton
Bruce Greenwood
as Lord Charles
Miriam Margolyes
as Dolly de Vries
Shaun Evans
as Tom Fennel
Lucy Punch
as Avice Crichton
Sheila McCarthy
as Grace Dexter
Maury Chaykin
as Walter Gibbs
Leigh Lawson
as Archie Dexter
Rosemary Harris
as Julia's Mother
Rita Tushingham
as Aunt Carrie
Max Irons
as Curtain Call Boy
Tom Sturridge
as Roger Gosselyn
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Critic Reviews for Being Julia

All Critics (137) | Top Critics (42)

Annette Bening is great, but this isn't for kids.

Full Review… | October 14, 2010
Common Sense Media

A beguiling romance about an aging actress at the peak of her career who embarks on an ill-advised, illicit affair with an admirer half her age.

Full Review… | February 17, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

One of the best movies from this year's Telluride Film Festival

Full Review… | February 5, 2006
Movie Habit

(...) Bening recorre todas las emociones posibles, desde la euforia histérica hasta la más absoluta depresión.

Full Review… | August 27, 2005
Uruguay Total

Benning ... brings this constantly disguised vixen to ferocious, flamboyant life.

Full Review… | May 3, 2005
Lessons of Darkness

While much of Being Julia's appeal stems from no one being as fabulous as [Julia] is, the lack of a worthy sparring partner diminishes the fun.

Full Review… | April 13, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Being Julia


Annette Bening is excellent, but I couldn't really invest in the movie overall.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Pleasant evening watching this DVD. Annette Bening and Jeremy Irons are splendid. The costumes are wonderful. The weak link--and it's a pretty big crack because the whole story revolves around it--is that the story starts out with Julia saying she wants something new and different and then proceeds to revert to her younger self which is old hat. What she really wanted was to stop growing old. Then, in the end she discovers she doesn't mind being alone and growing old because she has other qualities. I guess the movie accomplished what it set out to do, but perhaps the whole theme is too nuanced for a movie. I definitely think the chemistry between Julia and her young paramour was ridiculously unbelievable.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

This was okay. Not much of a story to it really, though. Wouldn't want to watch it again.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Being Julia Quotes

Michael Gosselyn: The public are jackasses.
– Submitted by Ira A (3 years ago)
Julia Lambert: My husband's a devious little runt.
– Submitted by Mauricio R (4 years ago)

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