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Being Julia Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
October 14, 2010
Annette Bening is great, but this isn't for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
February 17, 2007
A beguiling romance about an aging actress at the peak of her career who embarks on an ill-advised, illicit affair with an admirer half her age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
February 5, 2006
One of the best movies from this year's Telluride Film Festival
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
August 27, 2005
(...) Bening recorre todas las emociones posibles, desde la euforia histérica hasta la más absoluta depresión.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Benning ... brings this constantly disguised vixen to ferocious, flamboyant life.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 13, 2005
While much of Being Julia's appeal stems from no one being as fabulous as [Julia] is, the lack of a worthy sparring partner diminishes the fun.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Boyd van Hoeij
March 22, 2005
[A] perfectly light comedic soufflé that is not intimidated by its characters' darker undercurrents.
Tim Appelo
Seattle Weekly
March 9, 2005
Thank God for Being Julia, an Oscar-worthy comeback role that may just save one of our most gifted actresses from a life of way too much leisure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dan Lybarger
February 23, 2005
Watching Being Julia is like seeing a racehorse with an impeccable bloodline trudging across the finish line with the rest of the pack instead of out in front of it
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 23, 2005
There have been loads of comedies set in the world of theater, but few have the uncompromising, hard edge this film has.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 6, 2005
Annette Bening shines with a glow that is beyond confidence and beyond beauty. She picks up the sometimes-clunky material and carries it on her shapely shoulders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
February 5, 2005
The film desires to be a biting statement on the stage and real drama. It's misguided script fails to do either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 10, 2005
Bening great in otherwise prosaic film
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
January 9, 2005
Smeared by a very childish ending ... But there is that Bening performance to savor.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 22, 2004
While the film isn't quite perfect, it's close enough - especially in Annette Bening's glorious lead performance - that it seems churlish to complain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
December 16, 2004
Being Julia is strangely devoid of the one thing every great film needs: a hook.
| Original Score: 2/4
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
December 7, 2004
Bening ... is radiant as ever and appears to be having an absolute blast.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
November 29, 2004
Ponderous and superficial, and no art deco fashions or tasteful drawing rooms can compensate for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 28, 2004
Annette Bening delivers her most scintillating performance to date in this wonderfully entertaining film.
Eric D. Snider
November 27, 2004
It's impossible to take your eyes off Bening when she's on the screen, not just because she's lovely but because she makes being Julia seem so darned fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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