Julie & Julia (2009)



Critic Consensus: Boosted by Meryl Streep's charismatic performance as Julia Child, Julie and Julia is a light, but fairly entertaining culinary comedy.

Movie Info

Based on two true stories, "Julie & Julia" intertwines the lives of two women who, though separated by time and space, are both at loose ends until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.

Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language and some sensuality)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nora Ephron
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 8, 2009
Box Office: $94.1M
Sony/Columbia Pictures - Official Site


as Julia Child

as Julie Powell

as Eric Powell

as Paul Child

as Simone Beck

as Louisette Bertholle

as Dorothy McWilliams

as Madame Brassart

as Ernestine

as Ernestine

as Chef Max Bugnard

as Annabelle

as John O'Brien

as Ivan Cousins

as John McWilliams

as Phila McWiliams

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as Minister

as Irma Rombauer

as Annette

as Woman at the Party

as Avis De Voto

as Dorothy De Santillan...

as Dinner Guest

as Dinner Guest

as Dinner Guest

as Simca's Concierge

as Scott McLeod

as Houghton Mifflin Exe...

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as Chestnut Vendor

as Oyster Man

as Madame Bernheim

as Judith Jones

as Bill Koshland

as Interrogator

as Interrogator

as American Ambassador

as Waiter in Paris Café

as Bridge Teacher

as Baker's Mother

as Baker's Wife

as Cobb Salad Waiter

as Fruit Store Owner

as Butcher

as Cheese Guy

as Exhibit Guest

as American Housewife

as Hat-Making Teacher

as Voice of Julie's Mom
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Critic Reviews for Julie & Julia

All Critics (212) | Top Critics (51)

Ebullient, witty, and wonderfully warm-hearted Julie & Julia is a celebration of how to live life to the full.

Full Review… | October 8, 2009
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Top Critic

Streep does an amazing job bringing television cooking legend Julia Child to life and making us smile every frame of the way.

Full Review… | February 11, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Half-baked comedy barely whets the appetite.

Full Review… | December 31, 2010

You might dismiss this as a "chick flick", but I think anyone can enjoy it. You don't have to leave your "Manly-Man" card at the door.

Full Review… | September 28, 2010
3BlackChicks Review

Two true stories are merged into one delicious treat of a film in Julie & Julia.

Full Review… | August 4, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Considering the movie acknowledges it's perfectly healthy for women to enjoy both eating and sex, it qualifies as something rare in Hollywood: a feminist work of popular art.

Full Review… | April 16, 2010

Audience Reviews for Julie & Julia

Okay so from reading the back of the DVD i couldnt have expected much from this movie, but i did and it was just a bit of a disappointment! For two hours worth of movie i thought there might be a bit more going on in this movie but nope it moves along at a slow pace and at the end you just feel unsatisfied by whats happened!
I like both Amy Adams and Meryl Streep in this movie but thats about it!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Constantly on the precipice of sickly sweet but tempered with some great performances from Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

I'm 50/50 on this one. I loved the Julia Childs half of the story but loathed the

Julie Powell half. Meryl Streep was perfect casting, I wasn't aware of Julia Childs before this film but after watching a few clips on the internet, I totally get it (if you're interested, the British equivalent was Fanny Cradock, a very different character but equally entertaining). Stanley Tucci was also on top form, the two of them making quite a lovely pair and it was very sweet to see them together. Amy Adams on the other hand, was not so enjoyable to watch. This is where I'm fuzzy though. Was it a bad day in the office for Adams, a great actress who so far hasn't had a bad performance in my opinion or is the actual Julie Powell as annoying as she is portrayed? If you go up against Meryl Streep you will always come out second but I don't think that was the problem here, maybe it was Nora Ephron's writing/directing that was the problem. I dislike most of her films, Bewitched being in my least favourite top 10 (which says a lot 3000+ reviews down). I think it's more likely that the problem is that while Julia Childs was a much loved personality with an interesting story and Julie Powell just isn't. There was nothing special about what she did, if anything, she rode on the back of Childs success. It's a sad reminder of the modern world we live in, people get successful off of other peoples work. It's funny though, I see by other peoples reviews that they felt let down by the anticlimax of the film, where I on the other hand (without spoiling it for others) loved it. Maybe it's the sadist in me, but to be honest, I found Julie Powell very unlikable and it beggars belief by how successful she's become by being such a vampire. If they'd stuck purely with the Julia Childs story this could have been brilliant, making it quite a painfully wasted opportunity.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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