Miss Julie Reviews

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April 6, 2019
Rife with mawkish histrionics and a thoroughly overwrought script, it's hard to maintain interest in what should be an intriguing watch.
October 5, 2018
In this overly literal adaptation, we know invisible forces are at work only when characters directly address their presence.
November 21, 2017
Chastain's performance feels too skittish, if not a little mad straight out of the blocks, playing into the hands of Strindberg's chauvinistic portrait of Julie, rather than challenging it.
March 10, 2017
The film has a singular focus on these characters and their power struggles of class and gender, but fails to ever feel like it's really going anywhere.
January 1, 2016
It starts off as a will-they-won't-they as to whether Chastain's baron's daughter will sleep with Farrell. It ends up as a will-they-won't-they ever shut up. Should have been called Shouting Miss Julie.
September 7, 2015
In maintaining the period setting, Ullmann hasn't found a way to make the themes feel particularly relevant and, despite the committed performances, the intended naturalism of the play feels too theatrical on film.
September 3, 2015
All talents are ill-served by the unambitious handling of the material.
September 3, 2015
Polished, but lacking in scandalous tragedy.
September 3, 2015
The film remains mostly boxed up in the kitchen, and the upstairs-downstairs tension, in both senses, dissipates.
August 31, 2015
Miss Julie feels stubbornly theatrical, rather than cinematic; Ullmann's dispassionate camera conveys little urgency or momentum, and her use of cutaways to highlight details like photographs and knives is painfully heavy-handed.
March 12, 2015
The film is visually bland, with only a couple of bookending outdoor sequences around a handful of interior sets.
March 12, 2015
It smoulders and smokes and generates some heat but it never really bursts into flame.
January 9, 2015
Strong performances, but play adaptation is too talky.
December 5, 2014
The problem is that as played by Chastain and Farrell (or perhaps as directed by Ullmann), the sexual tension comes off as intellectualized, not actual.
December 5, 2014
Claustrophobic, basically unexciting and heavy-handed.
December 4, 2014
The heat that should saturate the film as betrayals mount and boundaries are broken flickers and dies many times over "Miss Julie's" languid two-plus hours.
December 4, 2014
...long, actionless, and slow...annoying and inscrutable...There were a couple of things good about it, however. Samantha Morton gives a fine performance...and the cinematography of late 19th Century Ireland is rewarding.
December 4, 2014
It's a handsomely mounted, intentionally claustrophobic film; too claustrophobic over the long haul, with relentless close-ups that constrict the galvanic emotions on display.
December 4, 2014
"Miss Julie" is a strangely clinical movie experience. It's a story that makes an impression without leaving a mark.
December 4, 2014
"Their subordinate ranks as a woman and a lowborn servant, respectively, should inspire sympathy, but their self pity is so thorough and one-note that their distress is no more compelling or resonant than a pair of dogs noisily licking their wounds."
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