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Julia (2009)



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

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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, the only consideration she receives comes from her friend Mitch, who tries to help her. But she shrugs him off, as her alcohol-induced confusion daily reinforces her sense that life has dealt her a losing hand and that she is not to blame for the mess she has made of it. Glimpsing imminent perdition, and after a chance encounter with Elena, a Mexican woman, Julia convinces herself--as much in panic and despair as for financial gain--to commit a violent act. As the story unfolds, Julia's journey becomes a headlong flight on a collision course, but somehow she makes the choice of life over death.

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Critic Reviews for Julia

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (20)

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

August 27, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4

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

July 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

July 3, 2009 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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

May 15, 2009 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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

May 8, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

May 8, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4

Audience Reviews for Julia

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 of it. The story, though, like a drunk at the end of the night, does some mindless veering around ...

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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 grandfather for $50,000 dollars. Julia does everything wrong. After winding up in Mexico, the child she kidnaps is kidnap by Mexicans mean while 2 million dollars is on the way to the airport. In the end what does Julia end up with, if I tell you that it wouldn't be worth watching. A good one to see at home by yourself cause 7 out of 10 people would not enjoy it. 3 stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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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 problem, but by the end of this film I was convinced that her "issues" ran much deeper and that and that the booze was just her way of "self medicating". In any case it is a highly engaging look at what desperate people will do to avoid (the sometimes brutal reality of) life. It does (at times) feel a bit over the top, but when you consider the fact that there are actually people out there living life in this manner... I kept reminding myself that,what is "crazy" to us is simply someone elses reality.

Robert C
Robert C

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