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Julie & Julia

Drama . Romance . Biography

Julia Child and Julie Powell – both of whom wrote memoirs – find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends... until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.

Actors: Stanley Tucci , Amy Adams , Meryl Streep , Crystal Noelle , Joan Juliet Buck , Jane Lynch , Mary Lynn Rajskub , Helen Carey , Linda Emond , Chris Messina
Directors: Nora Ephron
Country: USA
Release: 2009-08-07
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  • David Denby

    One of the gentlest, most charming American movies of the past decade. Its subject is less food as something to cook than food as the binding and unifying element of dinner parties, friendship, and marriage.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Even if you don't give a shiitake mushroom about food, there's much to savor in this lively comedy with dramatic aftertastes.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    It hooks you up, happily, to your inner top chef.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    Deliciously funny and warming fare, for which the amazing Meryl deserves her ridiculously overdue third Oscar.

    Empire Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Streep isn't playing Julia Child here, but something both more elusive and more truthful -- she's playing our IDEA of Julia Child. Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    A consummate entertainment that echoes the rhythms and attitudes of classic Hollywood, it's a satisfying throwback to those old-fashioned movie fantasies where impossible dreams do come true. And, in this case, it really happened. Twice.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Julie & Julia proceeds with such ease and charm that its audacity -- is easy to miss.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Julie & Julia makes deboning a duck a feminist act and cooking a great meal a creative triumph. The stakes may not be as high as the kill-or-be-killed suspense of a summer action movie, but the sauces are way tastier.

    Slate Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Meryl Streep -- at her brilliant, beguiling best -- is the spice that does the trick for the yummy Julie & Julia.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    One can’t help but wonder if Ephron would’ve been better off focusing exclusively on Child: She’s simply more interesting screen company.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    There's very little doubt in my mind that somewhere, culinary legend Julia Child is fuming about being consigned to a double bio-pic with a whiny, self-centered cooking blogger.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Few movies are as delightful as Julie & Julia.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Spiced with plenty of humor and affection.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    This is blissful moviemaking. Much of the pleasure we have in watching it comes from seeing Tucci and, obviously, Streep connect.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Kate Taylor

    The film is at its best in scenes set in Europe in the 1950s – the protracted genesis of "Mastering the Art" provides the drama here.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    In Julie and Julia, Ephron, like her heroines, has finally found what suits her: a surprising comic and romantic realism.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    The result is a movie that, in its best moments, is delightful. It does lose a significant amount of steam halfway through -- likely due in part to its two hours of running time.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Streep is astonishing, conveying Child's gusto, her quavering voice, even her height.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    As enjoyable as this foodie movie is, you wish it would take a deeper, more nuanced measure of the women who, in two different eras, star in the movie's kitchens.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Streep is the most important ingredient in this recipe.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Julie & Julia is full of holes, but you don't even care when Streep is onscreen.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    There are many things wrong with Julie and Julia but, if you're looking to get hitched, you won't find a better booster.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Julie & Julia is not lacking in entertainment value, especially with the Streep performance. But if the men had been portrayed as more high-spirited, it might have taken on intriguing dimensions.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The movie could have used a few more scenes focusing on Child at work in the kitchen -- a few more scenes with Child doing anything, really.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The marriage of these two tales, however, should have ended in divorce court.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    You know the feeling you get when you make a meal of two mildly savory appetizers that don't quite go together, and you leave you wishing you'd eaten one hefty entrée? That's Julie & Julia. Half an hour later, I wanted to watch another movie.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    A movie that soars whenever Child is on the screen and sags when Powell shows up.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Matthew Sorrento

    Beyond "Streep camp," Julie and Juila falls into the drone of current historical movies, namely, the time-travel period treatment.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    A romantic comedy, too, but this time the romance is between two women, and one of them, truth be told, is a dud.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    It was the best of movies. It was the worst of movies. Which is to say: There's half of a great movie in Julie & Julia.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    This middling melange of Child biopic and contempo dramedy feels overstuffed and predigested as it depicts two ladies who found fame and fulfillment in their respective eras by cooking and writing about it.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Strangely, though, there isn't enough for one movie, and the first clue to why lurks in the title's ampersand, a sort of linguistic duct tape holding together two stories that never really function as one.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    One keeps waiting for the title characters' lives to intersect, but when they finally do--with a reporter asking Powell to comment on Child's disparaging remarks about her--Ephron scurries away from the moment and its implications.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Two movies in one. That’s one more movie than it needs to be.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
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