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Based on 14 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Goes to all the places a sensitive character study might have gone, but more dramatically, convincingly and vividly. show more

  • 20
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The end result is like Quentin Tarantino reworking a Charles Bukowski story. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    As Julia, Swinton belongs to that league of great cinematic alcoholics such as Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick in "Days of Wine and Roses" and Ray Milland in "The Lost Weekend." As an action character, she naturally evokes Gena Rowlands without ever trying to resemble her. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Tilda Swinton hasn't often been more fascinating than in Julia, a nerve-wracking thriller with a twisty plot and startling realism. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Charles Bukowski would have loved this foul-mouthed, fiery, reckless woman. Against all odds and common sense, you will, too. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The movie’s electrifying without being completely satisfying. Zonca and his star don’t play by Hollywood rules, which is both good (keeps us off-balance) and less so (at times the film doesn’t seem sure where it’s going). show more

  • 38
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Picture "Fargo" played with no sense of comedy, and you'll get some idea of the absurdity of this drunken floozy, clicking and wobbling on high heels, often with bits of her anatomy hanging out, trying to pull off the perfect crime. show more

  • 67
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    This overlong, lurchy homage to John Cassavetes' 1980 film "Gloria" is a mess, but a fascinating one, given Swinton's desperately avid performance in the title role. show more

  • 80
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    Ms. Swinton demands to be seen even when her character is on a self-annihilating bender so real that you can almost smell the stink rising off her. So I sat in my seat, cursed the screen and was grateful to watch an actress at the height of her expressive power claw toward greatness. show more

  • 60
    Village Voice

    Tilda Swinton doesn't merely act the title role in French director Erick Zonca's Julia--she devours it, spits it back up, dances giddily upon it, twirls it in the air. show more

  • December 19, 2009 krasnerd
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    Swinton is an actress of rare grace and talent, even as she allows herself as the character to appear raw, drunk, and unappealing. In this difficult role (the film is moving but flawed), she makes this melodrama into a compelling story. One of the best actresses alive today.

  • September 01, 2009 NerdFiction
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    not that good

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