• Released
  • May 8, 2009
  • R , 1 hr 54 min
  • Drama
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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Rated R | For pervasive language, some violent content and brief nudity