Julia (2009) Synopsis
An alcoholic (Tilda Swinton) becomes involved in a fellow A.A. member's plan to kidnap her young son from the boy's wealthy grandfather.
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Chicago Sun-Times

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

By Rene Rodriguez
Charles Bukowski would have loved this foul-mouthed, fiery, reckless woman. Against all odds and common sense, you will, too.
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The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
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...
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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...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Goes to all the places a sensitive character study might have gone, but more dramatically, convincingly and vividly.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie’s electrifying without being completely satisfying. Zonca and his star don’t play by Hollywood rules, which is both good (keeps us...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This overlong, lurchy homage to John Cassavetes' 1980 film "Gloria" is a mess, but a fascinating one, given Swinton's desperately avid...
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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...
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
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...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The end result is like Quentin Tarantino reworking a Charles Bukowski story.
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By Innovator
Tilda Swinton at her best gives an outstanding performance in a dark, adventure, which requires an effort to watch, but worth it. Even she remarked during a Q&A that it was difficult for her to...


By Jim F
Tilda Swinton gives a career performance in the title role of Eric Zonca's wild and crazy film, the most lunatic good film in recent memory, and even though I grudgingly acknowledge some of the flaws...

Too long

By dgabbe
Great performances from all especially Ms. Swinton. The running time could easily have been cut by an hour and the film would have had a much greater impact. Scene after scene of needless story...


By Drez_Digital
Desperate times for this troubled lady...

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Rated R | For pervasive language, some violent content and brief nudity