Miss Julie (2014)
Critic Consensus: Miss Julie definitely gives Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell room to shine, but neglects to leave them a solid enough setting to augment their efforts.
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Critic Reviews for Miss Julie
The film is visually bland, with only a couple of bookending outdoor sequences around a handful of interior sets.
It smoulders and smokes and generates some heat but it never really bursts into flame.
Anyone interested in spellbinding performances, however, should see Miss Julie.
Morton, one of the least artificial actresses in the world, charts her character's heartbreak without any of the self-pity normally assigned to ordinary women.
What Ullmann's done is create the ideal conditions for these three to do electrifying work with each other. She maintains control so they can lose it.
Audience Reviews for Miss Julie
The three actors, especially Chastain and Farrell, are splendid in this talky and bleak adaptation whose theatrical origins are quite transparent, but which unfortunately starts to resemble more and more a melodrama as the (overlong) story advances and finally falls flat in the end.
Liv Ullmann's adaptation of August Strindberg's play might best be billed as a midsummer night's sex tragedy. It is on the overwrought side.
A real bore of a period piece with a terrible performance from Colin Farrell and a lack luster performance from Jessica Chastain. Liv Ullman was the director and her talents as an actress do not translate to the directing field at least for this movie. The costumes are pretty decent and Samantha Morton is fine but other than that this movie is really a chore to sit through
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