Written November 09, 2008
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 watch. The film has been pared down from 4 hours, but still has many twists and turns that compel you to stay with the story.
She plays an alcoholic who is able to stay one step from destruction with clever deception, and a different story for each situation. The young boy who was 9 at the time is very credible, and gives a wonderful performance.
An interesting investigation of an alcoholic woman seldom seen on screen as the protagonist.
Written May 15, 2009
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 critics and viewers have found with the film (and at one point I thought maybe I should be calling 911 on the director for an unacceptable use of violent suggestion), this film ultimately becomes a moving and humane drama, and a daring one as well. It's the kind of film "Rachel Getting Married should have been, and couldn't, and perfectly epitomizes for me why I go to movies.
Written May 11, 2009
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 machinations did not help tell Julia's story or her journey.
Written January 13, 2010
Desperate times for this troubled lady