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Julia Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 11, 2009
Boasts an electrifying, brave performance by Tilda Swinton and has a thrilling initial half, but eventually becomes tedious and convoluted while lacking plausibility and insight into the titular character.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/10
Marcy Dermansky
May 11, 2009
Zonca's Julia is a difficult movie to stomach, but entirely worth the emotional unrest it puts through you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 8, 2009
We never get a good look at her demons, just the havoc they wreak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 8, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 8, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 8, 2009
A bungled thriller that starts out badly and never recovers.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 8, 2009
Ms. Swinton doesn't have Ms. Rowlands' tenderness, but, damn, she has just about everything else you need or want.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
May 7, 2009
[Director] Zonca's merely feeding off Swinton's manic performance, which starts out tough to watch, then becomes gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Geoff Berkshire
May 7, 2009
[Tilda Swinton] is on screen for nearly every second of this two-and-a-quarter-hour-plus film and it's a startling star turn indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 6, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Karina Longworth
May 6, 2009
Thrillingly far off the rails.
Harvey S. Karten
May 6, 2009
Rages so strongly and effectively against alcoholism that it might convert some in the audience to Mormonism.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Edward Douglas
May 6, 2009
Will be remembered for the unforgettable performance by Swinton that drives this inventive thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
May 5, 2009
Jeered upon its premiere at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival and only now receiving a token U.S. release, Julia demands to be reassessed and reckoned with.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
May 4, 2009
A nightmare of alcoholic bad behavior grafted to a chilling thriller ... you have no idea, scene to scene, where Zonca's desperately unstable tale will take you.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 3, 2009
Zonca's story is an unruly beast, lurching this way and that like a biker hopped up on mescaline and paint thinner, its unpredictable rowdiness in sync with its out-of-control protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Prairie Miller
April 30, 2009
Swinton masterfully pours much more than her heart into her drunken damsel in distress performance in this gin drenched drama. But the audience is unfortunately left to languish without a clue, as to how she ended up that way and who she may be when sober
Richard Mowe
Boxoffice Magazine
April 24, 2009
Swinton's character may be unsympathetic but the actress imbues her with a humanity that is engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jon Frosch
Film Journal International
April 20, 2009
After a 10-year absence, French filmmaker Erick Zonca is back with a flawed but gripping English-language thriller powered by a superlative Tilda Swinton.
Cole Smithey
March 20, 2009
"Julia" is more than an homage to John Cassavetes' 1980 maternal crime thriller "Gloria;" it is a spectacularly flawed genre experiment that goes so wrong, and with such an intense fury, that you can't pull yourself away from it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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