Being Julia (2004)



Critic Consensus: Annette Bening delivers a captivating performance in Being Julia, a sophisticated comedy that follows a 1930s stage diva who experiences an identity crisis at age 40.

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In London in 1938, actress Julia Lambert is at her peak, physically and professionally, but her successful theatrical career and her marriage to handsome impresario Michael Gosselyn have become stale and unfulfilling. She longs for novelty, excitement, sparks. Enter Tom Fennell. A younger man who claims to be Julia's greatest fan. Finding his ardor irresistible, she decides that romance is the best antidote to a mid-life crisis and embarks on a passionate affair. Life becomes more daring and exciting, until Julia's young lover callously tries to relegate her to a supporting role. But on opening night, Julia reveals that she is a more formidable actress than anyone ever imagined.
Rating: R (for some sexuality)
Genre: Comedy , Drama
Directed By: István Szabó
Written By: Ronald Harwood
In Theaters: wide
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Annette Bening
as Julia Lambert
Jeremy Irons
as Michael Gosselyn
Michael Gambon
as Jimmy Langton
Bruce Greenwood
as Lord Charles
Miriam Margolyes
as Dolly de Vries
Shaun Evans
as Tom Fennel
Sheila McCarthy
as Grace Dexter
Lucy Punch
as Avice Crichton
Maury Chaykin
as Walter Gibbs
Leigh Lawson
as Archie Dexter
Rita Tushingham
as Aunt Carrie
Rosemary Harris
as Julia's Mother
Max Irons
as Curtain Call Boy
Tom Sturridge
as Roger Gosselyn
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Critic Reviews for Being Julia

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Full Review… | October 31, 2007
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Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | December 12, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
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It is Bening that's worth the price of admission. She makes even the corniest line ring true.

Full Review… | November 19, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
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I enjoyed watching Ms. Bening in close to top form, and I think you will, too.

Full Review… | November 18, 2004
New York Observer
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Audience Reviews for Being Julia


Annette Bening is excellent, but I couldn't really invest in the movie overall.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Pleasant evening watching this DVD. Annette Bening and Jeremy Irons are splendid. The costumes are wonderful. The weak link--and it's a pretty big crack because the whole story revolves around it--is that the story starts out with Julia saying she wants something new and different and then proceeds to revert to her younger self which is old hat. What she really wanted was to stop growing old. Then, in the end she discovers she doesn't mind being alone and growing old because she has other qualities. I guess the movie accomplished what it set out to do, but perhaps the whole theme is too nuanced for a movie. I definitely think the chemistry between Julia and her young paramour was ridiculously unbelievable.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

This was okay. Not much of a story to it really, though. Wouldn't want to watch it again.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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