Julia (1987)

This film traces the lifelong relationship between playwright Lillian Hellman and German political activist Julia. In the 1930s, while Hellman struggles to establish herself as a playwright, Julia battles against the Nazi regime. Upon… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's all in such good taste that it's downright stupefying.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The movie looks soft, which has nothing to do with the Hellman flintiness, guts, self-mockery, wisdom, above all, impatience with cant.

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Douglas Pratt

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

Variety Staff

The period environment, brilliantly recreated in production design, costuming and color processing, complements the topflight performances and direction.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This movie's problems start with its point of view, and it never quite recovers from them.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Time Out

Lillian Hellman's tight autobiographical story about memory and friendship gets the full Zinnemann gloss-wash.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Beautifully crafted, nominated for nine Academy Awards, a big hit at the box office -- and a dramatic dud.

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Chuck O'Leary

An understatedly suspenseful drama with both Fonda and Redgrave giving impassioned performances.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A decent film that has a great cinematography and knows how to build tension in a scene that takes place in a train, but apart from that it didn't deserve… More
Byron Brubaker
I expected Jane Fonda and Jason Robards to be great. I had really come to like them as I worked through my Oscar list. Maybe the topic just went over my head,… More
Leigh Ryan
Had a hard time staying with the film, but it was pretty good.
John Ballantine
Nicely done piece that brings out the period through good costume designing backed by a faithful interpretation of Lillian Hellman's life.
jay nixon
How much is fact and how much fiction is questionable but with storytelling and acting this good it doesn't really matter. Everyone is exceptionally good… More
Alec Barniskis
It's got strong enough work from Fonda and Redgrave to keep it watchable, but the filmmakers never really establish the relationship between Julia and… More