Miss Julie Reviews

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March 2, 2016
Chastain is as brittle and fragile a Miss Julie as ever there was.
September 4, 2015
Liv Ullmann's adaptation of August Strindberg's play might best be billed as a midsummer night's sex tragedy. It is on the overwrought side.
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 adaptation is Ullmann's own, and it has been done with purpose and intelligence.
September 3, 2015
The film remains mostly boxed up in the kitchen, and the upstairs-downstairs tension, in both senses, dissipates.
September 3, 2015
It occasionally looks too theatrical and the scene with Julie's canary might remind you of Oscar Wilde's lines about Little Nell. Yet there is passion.
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.
March 12, 2015
Anyone interested in spellbinding performances, however, should see Miss Julie.
December 31, 2014
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.
December 11, 2014
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.
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
"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.
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
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
An austere, pared-down take that does one thing extremely well: It allows actors Jessica Chastain, Samantha Morton and especially Colin Farrell to shine.
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."
December 4, 2014
Ullmann's way is the wrong way to do "Miss Julie," but this is the best version of this wrong way you're ever likely to find.
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