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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
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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
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
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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
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+
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
December 5, 2008
Unfortunately the Cassevetes-style film needed Cassavetes to make it. Zonca, essaying a pell-mell verismo, produces something resembling Gloria mugged by A Woman Under the Influence.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
December 5, 2008
Swinton's Julia is one of those performances that goes so far in repelling audience sympathy that it comes out the other side looking almost admirable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
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
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
December 5, 2008
Tilda Swinton gives a committed and courageously unsympathetic performance as the self-serving Julia, but this is a character with whom you would rather spend as little time as possible - and certainly not the endurance-testing running time.
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Eddie Cockrell
February 13, 2008
A startling misfire.
Peter Bradshaw
December 5, 2008
Zonca has put together an ambitious and forthright story, but Swinton's contribution looks more like an actressy impersonation than a performance, and indeed Zonca's film itself looks like a European facsimile of Americana.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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-

The Sun (UK)
December 5, 2008
If the script had been half as powerful as Swinton, this could have been special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Perri Nemiroff
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
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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
Pete Hammond
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
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+
Paul Chambers
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-
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