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Based on 38 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Hungarian director Istvan Szabo (Sunshine) overplays his hand and traps Bening in a role that's all emoting, no emotion. show more

  • 75
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    A one-woman show. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Bening takes a complex, sometimes cloying character and makes her sympathetic - all the while pulling off a British accent with seeming ease. She single-handedly makes the movie worth seeing. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Ms. Bening is the only reason to see the movie, but a compelling reason. Just like Julia, she prevails over lesser mortals with unfailing zest. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Whether it's the clothing, cars or furniture, everything is sleek and chrome-plated. That is, with the exception of Bening's alchemical performance, which turns brass to gold. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    It's a virtual clip reel of grandly comic moments that remind us what a good actress can do when parts are scarce. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A delightful though wafer-thin starring vehicle for one of our finest actresses, Annette Bening. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Bening shines, and the film shines too. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Part of the movie's fascination is watching Ms. Bening play a role that tantalizingly mirrors her own position in today's movie world - and she does it with wit, sparkle, and all-out energy. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Being Julia is really about the fear of aging and the battle to remain relevant professionally and sexually. show more

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