Miss Julie


Miss Julie (2014)


Critic Consensus: Miss Julie definitely gives Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell room to shine, but neglects to leave them a solid enough setting to augment their efforts.


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Miss Julie depicts a fierce battle between a man and a woman, a struggle for power and dominance enacted through a cruel and compulsive game of seduction and repulsion. A country estate in Ireland in 1880s. Over the course of one midsummer night, in an atmosphere of wild revelry and loosened social constraints, Miss Julie and John, her father's valet, dance and drink, charm and manipulate each other. She, all hauteur longing for abasement he, polished but coarse - both united in mutual loathing and attraction. By turns seductive and bullying, savage and tender, their intimacy leads to desperate plans and vision of a life together... Unsure if the morning brings hope or hopelessness, Julie and John find their escape in a final act as sublime and horrific as anything in Greek tragedy.

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Critic Reviews for Miss Julie

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (17)

The film is visually bland, with only a couple of bookending outdoor sequences around a handful of interior sets.

Mar 12, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It smoulders and smokes and generates some heat but it never really bursts into flame.

Mar 12, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Anyone interested in spellbinding performances, however, should see Miss Julie.

Mar 12, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
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Morton, one of the least artificial actresses in the world, charts her character's heartbreak without any of the self-pity normally assigned to ordinary women.

Dec 31, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

What Ullmann's done is create the ideal conditions for these three to do electrifying work with each other. She maintains control so they can lose it.

Dec 11, 2014 | Full Review…

"Miss Julie" is a rather strange experience, with its consistently static medium shots of the three actors, as they roar their lines at one another. But it has an undeniable power.

Dec 5, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Miss Julie

The three actors, especially Chastain and Farrell, are splendid in this talky and bleak adaptation whose theatrical origins are quite transparent, but which unfortunately starts to resemble more and more a melodrama as the (overlong) story advances and finally falls flat in the end.

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