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Tilda Swinton delivers a powerful performance in Julia, a tense thriller and a dark character study. Read critic reviews

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An alcoholic (Tilda Swinton) becomes involved in a fellow A.A. member's plan to kidnap her young son from the boy's wealthy grandfather.

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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (16)

  • Complications pile up, confrontations are manufactured, and numerous Mexican baddies materialize as the runtime needlessly heads past the two-hour mark.

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    November 24, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • Swinton approaches Julia with an all-or-nothing attitude, creating an ungodly eccentric character and evoking an impressive array of audience emotions.

    August 14, 2010 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • If you're feeling adventurous, seek it out. Swinton's masterful performance as the flailing, desperate L.A. alcoholic Julia will more than reward your time.

    October 15, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Charles Bukowski would have loved this foul-mouthed, fiery, reckless woman. Against all odds and common sense, you will, too.

    August 27, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4

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  • Jul 10, 2012
    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 fully aware of it. The story, though, like a drunk at the end of the night, does some mindless veering around ...
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2012
    Pretty damn good movie that's most definitely carried by Tilda Swinton's excellent performance. The writing for the character is good and there is good progression, but the movie is made by Tilda, who pulls off a one-woman show. The movie could've been better and shorter, but I can't complain much.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2012
    As almost everyone that has seen this film would say, the most notable thing about it is the remarkable performance from Tilda Swinton. She completely inhibits her character, it was a genuinely chilling depiction of an seemingly amoral alcoholic. It was so good, in fact, that it reminded me almost of Charlize Theron's performance in Monster, which Ebert rightfully called "one of the greatest performances in the history of the cinema," Swinton seems to have the same versatility and depth the Theron has. The film also has merit in that its very effective as a thriller in addition to a character study. Though the plot is far-fetched, its filmed and acted in such a manner that it has a sense of realism, and is always engaging with its relentless pace. What keeps it from being a truly great film, however, are some notable plot holes (one major character simply disappears with no explanation) and an unsatisfactory ending. 4/5 Stars
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  • Jan 17, 2011
    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 his grandfather for $50,000 dollars. Julia does everything wrong. After winding up in Mexico, the child she kidnaps is kidnap by Mexicans mean while 2 million dollars is on the way to the airport. In the end what does Julia end up with, if I tell you that it wouldn't be worth watching. A good one to see at home by yourself cause 7 out of 10 people would not enjoy it. 3 stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer

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