88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Bening shines, and the film shines too.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
You can feel her (Bening) drag Being Julia uphill for an hour and a half until the final 15 minutes, when the ground finally levels out and the picture becomes fine, vengeful fun.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
A one-woman show.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Being Julia flirts too heavily with soap opera clichés, but it has enough surprises to keep you guessing, and for Annette Bening it's the liveliest of comebacks.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A delightful though wafer-thin starring vehicle for one of our finest actresses, Annette Bening.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It's a virtual clip reel of grandly comic moments that remind us what a good actress can do when parts are scarce.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Hungarian director Istvan Szabo (Sunshine) overplays his hand and traps Bening in a role that's all emoting, no emotion.
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65 out of 100
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