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The film traces the lifelong relationship between playwright Lillian Hellman and Julia, a wealthy girl who turns her back on her upbringing to follow her ideals. In the 1930s, while the adult Hellman (Jane Fonda) struggles to establish herself as a playwright with the help of her lover, Dashiell Hammett (Jason Robards), Julia (Vanessa Redgrave) battles the exigencies of the Nazi regime. Visiting Julia in Germany, Lillian realizes how much her friend's idealism has cost her, both physically and financially. Lillian is asked by Julia's friend Johann (Maximilian Schell) to smuggle a large… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

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"It's all in such good taste that it's downright stupefying."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The movie looks soft, which has nothing to do with the Hellman flintiness, guts, self-mockery, wisdom, above all, impatience with cant."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The film has star appeal and gossip appeal, and the disc's soundtrack makes viewing it worthwhile, but sometimes you want to reach through the screen, reach through characters, reach through the words, reach through every layer of artistic endeavor, and s"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Fascinating, well structured drama with Fonda and Redgrave at their best."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Um dos mistérios do Oscar, que, além de premiar uma atuação banal de Robards, indicou este filme apenas mediano em 10 outras categorias. Marcou a estréia de Streep nas telas."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The period environment, brilliantly recreated in production design, costuming and color processing, complements the topflight performances and direction."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This movie's problems start with its point of view, and it never quite recovers from them."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Hansomely mounted but superficially written, Julia lacks dramatic focus, reflecting confusion as to what exactly Lillian Hellman's memory text is about, but the actresses, especially Vanessa Redgrave, are fascinating"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Powerful story with superb performances."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The individual lives of Julia and Hellman are well handled, but it's the relationship between the two women which makes this such great cinema."
‑ , Film4
"Lillian Hellman's tight autobiographical story about memory and friendship gets the full Zinnemann gloss-wash."
‑ , Time Out
"Beautifully crafted, nominated for nine Academy Awards, a big hit at the box office -- and a dramatic dud."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An understatedly suspenseful drama with both Fonda and Redgrave giving impassioned performances."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"Julia gives us a genuine and affecting portrait of a friendship between two women who confirm each other and strengthen their bonds over the years."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"We realize as the film closes that we are in no better position than we were at the beginning to fill in that opaque silhouette of Lillian Hellman."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
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