Julia (2009)

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,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 8, 2009
DVD Release Date: August 18, 2009
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tilda Swinton delivers a powerful performance in Julia, a tense thriller and a dark character study.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Charles Bukowski would have loved this foul-mouthed, fiery, reckless woman. Against all odds and common sense, you will, too.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

This is Zonca's second feature. His first, The Dreamlife of Angels, was extraordinary. Rent that one instead.

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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

Risky, genuine, and alive.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

In a sense, it goes to all the places a sensitive character study might have gone, but more dramatically, convincingly and vividly.

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

We never get a good look at her demons, just the havoc they wreak.

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Nathan Lee
Film Comment Magazine

Complications pile up, confrontations are manufactured, and numerous Mexican baddies materialize as the runtime needlessly heads past the two-hour mark.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A nerve-wracking thriller with a twisty plot and startling realism.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

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.

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Perri Nemiroff

Swinton approaches Julia with an all-or-nothing attitude, creating an ungodly eccentric character and evoking an impressive array of audience emotions.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Excellent performances buoy this seat-of-your-pants day-in-the-life of an lying, manipulative, alcoholic never was almost at the end of the line and fully aware… More
Randy Tippy
I'll admit, I've done some pretty stupid things in the haze of a drunken stupor. I went for a walk in my underwear. I climbed a four story water… More
Bruce Bruce
This film is put out by Magnolia Home Ent. Julia is an alcoholic who meets a women who lives across from her that want's Julia to kidnap her son from his… More
William Sleet
As shamelessly biased as I am towards the monumental abilities of our transcendent goddess of cinephilia that is La Tilda of Swinton, I was still a little in… More
Robert C
What a performance! Tilda Swinton really "knocks it out of the park" here as the tragic Julia. I wish I could say that alcoholism was her only… More
Drew Smith
Tilda Swinton is a beast. Performance of the year thus far, and almost certainly unlikely to be topped. Put this alongside anything else she's ever done… More