Julia

Critic Score

73%

User Score

66%
In theaters May 08, 2009
R, 1 hr. 35 min.

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Movie Info

Synopsis: Julia, 40, is an alcoholic. She is a manipulative, unreliable, compulsive liar, all strung out beneath her still flamboyant exterior. Between shots of vodka and one-night stands, Julia gets by on
Director: Matthew A. Brown, Erick Zonca
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hr. 35 min.
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Theater Release: May 08, 2009
DVD Release: Aug 18, 2009

Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tilda Swinton delivers a powerful performance in Julia, a tense thriller and a dark character study.
  • Charles Bukowski would have loved this foul-mouthed, fiery, reckless woman. Against all odds and common sense, you will, too. More...
  • In a sense, it goes to all the places a sensitive character study might have gone, but more dramatically, convincingly and vividly. More...
  • A nerve-wracking thriller with a twisty plot and startling realism. More...
  • This is Zonca's second feature. His first, The Dreamlife of Angels, was extraordinary. Rent that one instead. More...
  • We never get a good look at her demons, just the havoc they wreak. More...
  • Picture Fargo played with no sense of comedy, and you'll get some idea of the absurdity of this drunken floozy, clicking and wobbling on high heels, often with bits of her anatomy hanging out, trying to pull off the perfect crime. More...
  • Like any beautiful, heartbreaking wreck -- we can never take our eyes off Julia. Or the fierce and uncompromising actress bringing her to awful, astonishing life. More...
  • Ms. Swinton doesn't have Ms. Rowlands' tenderness, but, damn, she has just about everything else you need or want. More...
  • [Director] Zonca's merely feeding off Swinton's manic performance, which starts out tough to watch, then becomes gripping. More...
  • This overlong, lurchy homage to John Cassavetes' 1980 film Gloria is a mess, but a fascinating one, given Swinton's desperately avid performance in the title role. More...

User Reviews

  • Excellent performances buoy this seat-of-your-pants day-in-the-life of an lying, manipulative, alcoholic never was almost at the end of the line and...
  • This film is put out by Magnolia Home Ent. Julia is an alcoholic who meets a women who lives across from her that want's Julia to kidnap her son from...
  • What a performance! Tilda Swinton really "knocks it out of the park" here as the tragic Julia. I wish I could say that alcoholism was her only...
  • I'll admit, I've done some pretty stupid things in the haze of a drunken stupor. I went for a walk in my underwear. I climbed a four story water...
  • As shamelessly biased as I am towards the monumental abilities of our transcendent goddess of cinephilia that is La Tilda of Swinton, I was still a...
  • Tilda Swinton is a beast. Performance of the year thus far, and almost certainly unlikely to be topped. Put this alongside anything else she's ever...
  • Tilda Swinton is excellent in this...kind of like a new-age Bad Lieutenant with Tilda going from one smoking and drinking binge to another until she...
  • Swinton bids for Oscar glory playing a walking car crash alcoholic pathological liar. Character building first half leads in to a less satisfactory...
  • This movie is all Tilda Swinton. Well, okay, and a great forward-momentum narrative that hurtles through the plot much further than you'd ever expect...
  • [font=Century Gothic]In "Julia," every night is party night for Julia Harris(Tilda Swinton) as she drinks heavily, blacks out and goes home with a...