Gloria Bell

Critics Consensus

Free of visual or narrative embellishments, Gloria Bell rests almost completely on Julianne Moore's performance in the title role -- and she's gloriously up to the task.

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Gloria (Julianne Moore) is a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. After meeting Arnold (John Turturro) on a night out, she finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with both the joys of budding love and the complications of dating, identity and family.

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All Critics (146) | Top Critics (31)

  • It's a story that proves to be well worth the translation.

    Apr 29, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Moore digs in and finds the intricacies in her character. She's not showy, but she turns in an honest, understated performance that all comes together in a joyous, melancholy, liberating dance set to Laura Branigan's "Gloria."

    Mar 22, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • You can see Gloria's bad decisions coming from across the street, but it doesn't matter: The pleasure of "Gloria Bell," whether or not you've seen "Gloria," is watching Moore wrap herself in the role like a soft shawl.

    Mar 19, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "When the world blows up, I hope to go down dancing," Bell tells her friends at one point. And mark her words, even when it all falls apart, dance she does.

    Mar 14, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A movie that says the stories of average women deserve to be told, as do the stories of people who grapple with big challenges but still face each day with hope and wonder.

    Mar 14, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Because of Moore's open-hearted, captivating portrayal of the title character, repetition won't be a drawback for those who've seen Gloria. She makes the role her own with brio and woman-power strength.

    Mar 14, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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