Julia
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Julia, 40, is an alcoholic. She is a manipulative, unreliable, compulsive liar, all strung out beneath her still flamboyant exterior. Between shots of vodka and one-night stands, Julia gets by on nickel-and-dime jobs. Increasingly lonely, the only consideration she receives comes from her friend Mitch, who tries to help her. But she shrugs him off, as her alcohol-induced confusion daily reinforces her sense that life has dealt her a losing hand and that she is not to blame for the mess she has made of it. Glimpsing imminent perdition, and after a chance encounter with Elena, a Mexican woman,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"Charles Bukowski would have loved this foul-mouthed, fiery, reckless woman. Against all odds and common sense, you will, too."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"This is Zonca's second feature. His first, The Dreamlife of Angels, was extraordinary. Rent that one instead."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Swinton approaches Julia with an all-or-nothing attitude, creating an ungodly eccentric character and evoking an impressive array of audience emotions."
‑ Perri Nemiroff, CinemaBlend.com
"One should hope Tilda Swinton has a good dental plan - it will come in handy when the time comes to pry out the scenery she aggressively chomps."
‑ Phil Hall, EDGE Boston
"Tilda Swinton is electrifying in this riveting, knock-your-socks-off crime thriller that is just about as intense as movies get."
‑ Pete Hammond, Hollywood.com
"In a sense, it goes to all the places a sensitive character study might have gone, but more dramatically, convincingly and vividly."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"We never get a good look at her demons, just the havoc they wreak."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"Tilda Swinton's strong central performance saves an otherwise routine drug drama."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"In Erick Zonca's tense and juicy noir, Tilda Swinton plays the title role with a crusty panache matched only by her matted, flaming-red thatch of hair (a character in its own right)."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"The plot is over-the-top, but Swinton makes you stay with the film long after the writer/director loses credibility."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"A nerve-wracking thriller with a twisty plot and startling realism."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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 high heels, often with bits of her anatomy hanging out, trying to pull off the perfect crime."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"It's simply impossible to imagine Eric Zonca's Julia, a noirish thriller and sharp character study inspired by Cassavetes' Gloria, without Tilda Swinton, who dominates the film from start to finish."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"If you're feeling adventurous, seek it out. Swinton's masterful performance as the flailing, desperate L.A. alcoholic Julia will more than reward your time."
‑ Tim Grierson, The Simon
"I salute the film's bravery for rushing off at full force on its own stream-of-consciousness logic, but for me, I found the final stages perhaps a tad too far-fetched."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, UGO
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