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Julie & Julia (2009)


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 212
Fresh: 160
Rotten: 52

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

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 41
Rotten: 11

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


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 362,301


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.

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


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Critic Reviews for Julie & Julia

All Critics (213) | Top Critics (52) | Fresh (160) | Rotten (52) | DVD (7)

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

A film that's charming, funny - especially when Streep is on screen, broadcasting her superb impression of the tall, charismatic, high-pitched Child - but leaves you with a dissatisfaction with modern life that no culinary masterpiece can relieve.

Full Review… | September 11, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

The main reason for seeing this is Meryl Streep's deft comic performance as the fluttery TV chef.

Full Review… | August 20, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Sometimes a meal can be less than perfect but still so thoroughly enjoyable that a missed ingredient here or a bit of overcooking there doesn't really matter.

Full Review… | August 19, 2009
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

Julie & Julia is one of the gentlest, most charming American movies of the past decade.

Full Review… | August 17, 2009
New Yorker
Top Critic

One can't help but wonder if Ephron would've been better off focusing exclusively on Child: She's simply more interesting screen company. But Ephron's commercial touch serves her well here.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009
Chicago Tribune
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

A misguided film of differing expectations saved only by its performances.

Full Review… | January 28, 2010
Cinema Sight

Two movies for the price of one. Half is about the famous French cooking maven (and CIA agent). The other is about a blogger who launched a writing career blogging about her attempt to cook all the recipes in Child's cookbook. All it is lacking is a plot.

Full Review… | January 4, 2010

It's the 'yum' factor

Full Review… | December 31, 2009

The human cornucopia that is Streep is carrying the energy and feel-goodness of this movie. Adams is providing her natural comic timing and sweetness to make Powell as human as possible, and she succeeds more than I would have thought possible, though Ju

Full Review… | December 29, 2009 easy-going, pleasant film...

Full Review… | December 17, 2009

A charming and witty biographical tale of two women who were brought together as soul mates through the art of food and the joy of cooking...

Full Review… | December 15, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Pretty light stuff, and the movie's only goal seems to be to convey that fluffiness, as both lives are milked for generally positive comic and romantic moments.

Full Review… | December 13, 2009
Window to the Movies

Amy Adams is so meek she echoes Cynthia Nixon's waif servant in Forman's Amadeus. In fact, for a moment I thought she was Ms. Nixon, until I remembered that Amadeus was twenty-five years ago.

Full Review… | December 6, 2009

Poderia ser descrito como dois médias-metragens montados paralelamente num único longa %u2013 e o fato é que, por mais adorável que Adams seja, é a história protagonizada por Meryl Streep que segura o projeto.

Full Review… | November 27, 2009
Cinema em Cena

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Full Review… | October 26, 2009
Movies for the Masses

What makes this film memorable and pleasurable, above all, is the ebullient performance of Meryl Streep as Julia Child, unlikely culinary trailblazer and TV star.

Full Review… | October 8, 2009
The Age (Australia)

As food movies go -- and they've become a genre of their own -- this one may be a little too rich but it's full of delights.

Full Review… | October 8, 2009
Sydney Morning Herald

Another patchy effort from director Nora Ephron who doesn't quite get a grip on this potentially fascinating story.

Full Review… | October 8, 2009
FILMINK (Australia)

Like a beautiful home cooked meal, Julie & Julia is not perfect by industry standards, just warm, comforting and very, very enjoyable.

Full Review… | October 8, 2009

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


JULIE & JULIA isn't quite memorable, but it makes a good comedy/drama. Unfortunately, cooking seems to be the only thing here (well, besides blogging), and much of the plot becomes shallow, making us feel as if Amy Adams and Meryl Streep are never going to reach the point they intend to get to. Overall, this was quite enjoyable.

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

Julie & Julia Quotes

Dorothy McWilliams:
Dad, would have been happy if we had stayed in Pasadena, married Republican's & bred like rabbits!
Julia Child:
And why didn't we?
Dorothy McWilliams:
Too tall!
– Submitted by Jane M (2 years ago)
Julia Child:
You hungry?
Paul Child:
Julia Child:
– Submitted by Siddharth S (2 years ago)
Paul Child:
Jules, you're being a little over-competitive don't you think?
Julia Child:
Well you should have seen the way those men looked at me! Like I was some frivolous housewife just looking for a way to kill time.
– Submitted by Siddharth S (2 years ago)
Julie Powell:
Are you back? Please be back.
– Submitted by Diego T (2 years ago)
Julia Child:
If no one's in the kitchen, who's to see?
– Submitted by Mauricio R (3 years ago)
Paul Child:
Your book is gonna change the world, your book is amazing!
Julie Powell:
Oh Paul, you'r the sweetest man
Paul Child:
Fuck them!
– Submitted by Hanna K (3 years ago)

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