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Petulia is Richard Lester's ode to the Swinging Sixties: a time of psychedelic instability when neither those who were square, nor those who were hip, really had it right. George C. Scott is Archie Bollen, a divorced San Francisco doctor in the midst of "discovering himself." Julie Christie is Petulia Danner, a peculiar young beauty recently married into an established family. Archie's sterile apartment and detached, bemused manner exemplify his inability to emote. Petulia's forward nature and desperate tenderness betray her fear of her sullen, abusive, pretty-boy husband… 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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