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Critic Reviews for Julia
The crucial problem is that there's so little sense of urgency about anything the filmmakers do.
The period environment, brilliantly recreated in production design, costuming and color processing, complements the topflight performances and direction.
Lillian Hellman's tight autobiographical story about memory and friendship gets the full Zinnemann gloss-wash.
The movie looks soft, which has nothing to do with the Hellman flintiness, guts, self-mockery, wisdom, above all, impatience with cant.
Audience Reviews for Julia
This decent film has a great cinematography and knows how to build tension in a scene that takes place in a train, but apart from that it didn't deserve most of the Oscar nominations and wins that it got and feels a bit unclear about its purpose, reaching an anticlimactic ending.
Had a hard time staying with the film, but it was pretty good.
I expected Jane Fonda and Jason Robards to be great. I had really come to like them as I worked through my Oscar list. Maybe the topic just went over my head, maybe it was too literary, I just remember I was bored and didn't get it.
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