Being Julia Synopsis
Tells the story of a famed 1930s stage actress.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Rated R | For some sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 17+ Annette Bening is great, but this isn't for kids.
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