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Julia Reviews

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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes
June 14, 2016
Risky, genuine, and alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nathan Lee
Film Comment Magazine
October 20, 2014
Complications pile up, confrontations are manufactured, and numerous Mexican baddies materialize as the runtime needlessly heads past the two-hour mark.
Perri Nemiroff
CinemaBlend.com
August 14, 2010
Swinton approaches Julia with an all-or-nothing attitude, creating an ungodly eccentric character and evoking an impressive array of audience emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
July 20, 2010
Tilda Swinton's strong central performance saves an otherwise routine drug drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 10, 2009
It's simply impossible to imagine Eric Zonca's Julia, a noirish thriller and sharp character study inspired by Cassavetes' Gloria, without Tilda Swinton, who dominates the film from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Phil Hall
EDGE Boston
December 8, 2009
One should hope Tilda Swinton has a good dental plan - it will come in handy when the time comes to pry out the scenery she aggressively chomps.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
December 3, 2009
In Erick Zonca's tense and juicy noir, Tilda Swinton plays the title role with a crusty panache matched only by her matted, flaming-red thatch of hair (a character in its own right).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Grierson
The Simon
October 15, 2009
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.
Pete Hammond
Hollywood.com
September 8, 2009
Tilda Swinton is electrifying in this riveting, knock-your-socks-off crime thriller that is just about as intense as movies get.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 27, 2009
Charles Bukowski would have loved this foul-mouthed, fiery, reckless woman. Against all odds and common sense, you will, too.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
August 18, 2009
The plot is over-the-top, but Swinton makes you stay with the film long after the writer/director loses credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 11, 2009
I salute the film's bravery for rushing off at full force on its own stream-of-consciousness logic, but for me, I found the final stages perhaps a tad too far-fetched.
| Original Score: B+
Beverly Berning
culturevulture.net
July 11, 2009
I recommend going to see it, but don't blame me when you feel like you've downed a fifth of vodka afterwards.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 10, 2009
In a sense, it goes to all the places a sensitive character study might have gone, but more dramatically, convincingly and vividly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 3, 2009
A nerve-wracking thriller with a twisty plot and startling realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
July 2, 2009
Swinton is mesmerising as a messed-up drunk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
June 16, 2009
a tonally-consistent, lively thriller that is very much of the filmmaker's own little corner of the world
| Original Score: 3.5/5
William Thomas
Empire Magazine
May 28, 2009
This is not really sure what it wants to be, an out-an-out thriller or a character portrait, but it exels at both in parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
May 21, 2009
Julia is a mix of fantasy and tragedy, with the violence amped up and the background noisy and lurid.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 15, 2009
This is Zonca's second feature. His first, The Dreamlife of Angels, was extraordinary. Rent that one instead.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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