• R, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    István Szabó
    In Theaters:
    Oct 15, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 22, 2005
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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Being Julia Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Bening is awfully fun to watch as she whirlwinds her way through this backstage yarn.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

November 24, 2004
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Shifting emotional gears with the adroitness of a Formula One driver, Bening delivers a diamond of a performance - multifaceted, sparkling and flawless.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 19, 2004
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

This is a choice role, and Bening tears into it with the broadest smile and widest eyes you ever saw.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3/4

November 19, 2004
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

A film whose potent payoff more than justifies its earlier meandering.

| Original Score: 8/10

November 19, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It is Bening that's worth the price of admission. She makes even the corniest line ring true.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

November 19, 2004
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

Bening's performance rises above the appeal of the movie itself. In fact, it's one of the strongest of the year.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 18, 2004
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

While I'm glad that Annette Bening gets a juicy role in István Szabó's Being Julia, I don't find her character sympathetic or charismatic whatsoever.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

November 18, 2004
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

A character like this one has more layers than a viewer can count, and Bening is just brilliant at conveying the idea that Julia is always acting.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 18, 2004
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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I enjoyed watching Ms. Bening in close to top form, and I think you will, too.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 18, 2004
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The film's curiosity about the character, her life and her world is little more than skin deep, which makes the performance feel a bit like a conditioned response to garden-variety material.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

November 18, 2004
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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Bening brings such vitality to the role that she sweeps aside all the quibbles, and you have to sit back and enjoy what is a masterly performance by a great actor playing a great actor.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 18, 2004
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Thanks to Bening, we're already rooting for Julia to prevail in all her glorious bitchiness. Why should we have to like her, too?

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 18, 2004
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Julia may not be a master of love, relationships or self-examination, but she's sure got this acting thing down. And so has luminescent Bening.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

November 18, 2004

At best this is a witty and insightful portrait of a woman searching for her true identity; however it's also aloof and inconsequential.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

November 16, 2004
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

The little drama queen who lives inside each of us will find Being Julia hard to resist.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

November 14, 2004
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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This is, of course, the sort of role about which actresses dream, and it is Annette Bening who brings Julia to raging, mischievous, unforgettable life.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

November 12, 2004
Emanuel Levy

Witty and silly, uproarious and serious, this celebration of womanhood is a good star vehicle for Annette Bening, who deserves an Oscar nomination.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

November 12, 2004
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury

Annette Bening is as complete a reason for going to a movie as Jane Fonda was, or Marlon Brando.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury | Original Score: 3/5

November 11, 2004
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Bening proves that the power of a single performance can propel an entire movie.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 11, 2004
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A pretty good picture wrapped around a great, Oscar-contender performance.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

November 11, 2004
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