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Being Julia Reviews

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November 24, 2004
Bening is awfully fun to watch as she whirlwinds her way through this backstage yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2004
Shifting emotional gears with the adroitness of a Formula One driver, Bening delivers a diamond of a performance - multifaceted, sparkling and flawless.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 19, 2004
This is a choice role, and Bening tears into it with the broadest smile and widest eyes you ever saw.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2004
A film whose potent payoff more than justifies its earlier meandering.
Read More | Original Score: 8/10
November 19, 2004
It is Bening that's worth the price of admission. She makes even the corniest line ring true.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 18, 2004
Bening's performance rises above the appeal of the movie itself. In fact, it's one of the strongest of the year.
| Original Score: 3/4
November 18, 2004
While I'm glad that Annette Bening gets a juicy role in István Szabó's Being Julia, I don't find her character sympathetic or charismatic whatsoever.
November 18, 2004
A character like this one has more layers than a viewer can count, and Bening is just brilliant at conveying the idea that Julia is always acting.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 18, 2004
I enjoyed watching Ms. Bening in close to top form, and I think you will, too.
November 18, 2004
The film's curiosity about the character, her life and her world is little more than skin deep, which makes the performance feel a bit like a conditioned response to garden-variety material.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 18, 2004
Bening brings such vitality to the role that she sweeps aside all the quibbles, and you have to sit back and enjoy what is a masterly performance by a great actor playing a great actor.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 18, 2004
Thanks to Bening, we're already rooting for Julia to prevail in all her glorious bitchiness. Why should we have to like her, too?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 18, 2004
Julia may not be a master of love, relationships or self-examination, but she's sure got this acting thing down. And so has luminescent Bening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2004
At best this is a witty and insightful portrait of a woman searching for her true identity; however it's also aloof and inconsequential.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 14, 2004
The little drama queen who lives inside each of us will find Being Julia hard to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 12, 2004
This is, of course, the sort of role about which actresses dream, and it is Annette Bening who brings Julia to raging, mischievous, unforgettable life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 12, 2004
Witty and silly, uproarious and serious, this celebration of womanhood is a good star vehicle for Annette Bening, who deserves an Oscar nomination.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 11, 2004
Annette Bening is as complete a reason for going to a movie as Jane Fonda was, or Marlon Brando.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 11, 2004
Bening proves that the power of a single performance can propel an entire movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 11, 2004
A pretty good picture wrapped around a great, Oscar-contender performance.
Read More | Original Score: B
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