Julia This overlong, lurchy homage to John Cassavetes' 1980 film Gloria is a mess, but a fascinating one, given Swinton's desperately avid performance in the title… Julia This overlong, lurchy homage to John Cassavetes' 1980 film Gloria is a mess, but a fascinating one, given Swinton's desperately avid performance in the title… R PT138M Tilda Swinton
Movie Review

Julia

MPAA Rating: R
Tilda Swinton, Julia | HOLDING HOSTAGE: Tilda Swinton stars as Julia
Image credit: Ivonne Venegas
HOLDING HOSTAGE: Tilda Swinton stars as Julia
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Rated: R; Length: 138 Minutes; With: Tilda Swinton

This overlong, lurchy homage to John Cassavetes' 1980 film Gloria is a mess, but a fascinating one, given Swinton's desperately avid performance in the title role. The star flings herself into the skin of a wild alcoholic in L.A. who kidnaps a kid (Aidan Gould) for ransom and winds up in Mexico — there's a splashy scene when she crashes her car through to Tijuana. Nothing coheres in Erick Zonca's movie, Julia, only his second since his striking 1998 debut, The Dreamlife of 
Angels; halfway through, Julia becomes a competent, rather than pass-out, drunk. But just try to take your eyes off her. B–

Originally posted May 05, 2009 Published in issue #1047 May 15, 2009 Order article reprints
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