Being Julia
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In London in 1938, actress Julia Lambert is at her peak, physically and professionally, but her successful theatrical career and her marriage to handsome impresario Michael Gosselyn have become stale and unfulfilling. She longs for novelty, excitement, sparks. Enter Tom Fennell. A younger man who claims to be Julia's greatest fan. Finding his ardor irresistible, she decides that romance is the best antidote to a mid-life crisis and embarks on a passionate affair. Life becomes more daring and exciting, until Julia's young lover callously tries to relegate her to a supporting role. But… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is Bening that's worth the price of admission. She makes even the corniest line ring true."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"This is, of course, the sort of role about which actresses dream, and it is Annette Bening who brings Julia to raging, mischievous, unforgettable life."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Annette Bening is great, but this isn't for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"(...) Bening recorre todas las emociones posibles, desde la euforia histérica hasta la más absoluta depresión."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"[A] perfectly light comedic soufflé that is not intimidated by its characters' darker undercurrents."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij,
"I enjoyed watching Ms. Bening in close to top form, and I think you will, too."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"A pretty good picture wrapped around a great, Oscar-contender performance."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A beguiling romance about an aging actress at the peak of her career who embarks on an ill-advised, illicit affair with an admirer half her age."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"Benning ... brings this constantly disguised vixen to ferocious, flamboyant life."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Thank God for Being Julia, an Oscar-worthy comeback role that may just save one of our most gifted actresses from a life of way too much leisure."
‑ Tim Appelo, Seattle Weekly
"Bening brings such vitality to the role that she sweeps aside all the quibbles, and you have to sit back and enjoy what is a masterly performance by a great actor playing a great actor."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Being Julia isn't perfect; but Bening is, and that makes the film sing."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"One of the best movies from this year's Telluride Film Festival"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"While much of Being Julia's appeal stems from no one being as fabulous as [Julia] is, the lack of a worthy sparring partner diminishes the fun."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Watching Being Julia is like seeing a racehorse with an impeccable bloodline trudging across the finish line with the rest of the pack instead of out in front of it"
‑ Dan Lybarger,
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