(2004)

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88
Chicago Tribune
Bening shines, and the film shines too.
75
Entertainment Weekly
Being Julia flirts too heavily with soap opera clichés, but it has enough surprises to keep you guessing, and for Annette Bening it's the liveliest of comebacks.
75
A one-woman show.
75
Part of the movie's fascination is watching Ms. Bening play a role that tantalizingly mirrors her own position in today's movie world - and she does it with wit, sparkle, and all-out energy.
75
Miami Herald
Being Julia is really about the fear of aging and the battle to remain relevant professionally and sexually.
70
Wall Street Journal
Ms. Bening is the only reason to see the movie, but a compelling reason. Just like Julia, she prevails over lesser mortals with unfailing zest.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
A delightful though wafer-thin starring vehicle for one of our finest actresses, Annette Bening.
63
Bening takes a complex, sometimes cloying character and makes her sympathetic - all the while pulling off a British accent with seeming ease. She single-handedly makes the movie worth seeing.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
Whether it's the clothing, cars or furniture, everything is sleek and chrome-plated. That is, with the exception of Bening's alchemical performance, which turns brass to gold.
63
New York Daily News
It's a virtual clip reel of grandly comic moments that remind us what a good actress can do when parts are scarce.
50
Hungarian director Istvan Szabo (Sunshine) overplays his hand and traps Bening in a role that's all emoting, no emotion.

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