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Julie Christie plays Petulia Danner, a young married woman who falls in love with San Francisco doctor Archie Bollen (George C. Scott). Having just left his wife Polo (Shirley Knight), the middle-aged Archie is anxious to kick over the traces and recapture his youth. Fascinated by the free-spirited Petulia, Archie feels as though he's shed several years every time he sees her. But Archie will never understand what makes Petulia tick: why, for example, is she willing to remain married to her impotent, abusive husband (Richard Chamberlain)? If the 1960s was truly the "No… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

" anti-The Graduate ... an essential film from and about America in the dying days of the '60s, yet the modernism of its style and ambitions makes Petulia impressively ahead of that time."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Julie Christie in her Oscar role + Richard Lester direction. Enough said."
‑ Steve Crum,
"I thought this film was more claptrap than anything else."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Jack-rabbiting technique embodies foreboding and dissonance rather than gimmicky whimsy"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Petulia lives on with its vague curiosity and a genuine emotional sting."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Innovative in narrative and style, Lester's dissection of mores and manners through marriages and affairs captures vividly the zeitgeist of the Summer of Love and the violent Vietnam War with brilliant turns from Julie Christie and George C. Scott."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Curious one-shot US film in the midst of Lester's British period"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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