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  • Summary: Based on two true stories, Julie & Julia intertwines the lives of two women who, though separated by time and space, are both at loose ends...until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible. (Sony Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 90
    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.
  2. 80
    Streep isn't playing Julia Child here, but something both more elusive and more truthful -- she's playing our IDEA of Julia Child.
  3. Streep is astonishing, conveying Child's gusto, her quavering voice, even her height.
  4. 75
    Meryl Streep -- at her brilliant, beguiling best -- is the spice that does the trick for the yummy Julie & Julia.
  5. There are many things wrong with Julie and Julia but, if you're looking to get hitched, you won't find a better booster.
  6. 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.
  7. 50
    Two movies in one. That’s one more movie than it needs to be.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 83
  2. Negative: 13 out of 83
  1. JohnP.
    Dec 15, 2009
    10
    Great parity , Both lead characters attained thier lifelong goals . Terrific creativity and good stories.
  2. LindsayF
    Aug 10, 2009
    10
    I think this movie was a masterpiece. Stanley Tucci and Meryl Streep were extraordinarily touching and believable. I grew up watching my grandparents watch (and adore) Julia Child. This movie brought her indomitable optimism and generosity to the fore, and showed how the urge to create great food becomes a spiritual calling. Expand
  3. ElliotP.
    Jan 3, 2010
    9
    Well done. Acting and directing inspired and inspiring.
  4. TDKinDallas
    Aug 19, 2009
    8
    I liked it. Worth the $$$.
  5. Feb 13, 2012
    7
    It's not just some of the food featured that's light and fluffy, but rather the context of this film. That's not to say Julie & Julia is a bad movie but if you were looking for a more serious and somber biopic then you may have to look elsewhere. The acting is marvelous with Meryl Streep the standout, however that is to be expected by now. I do have another bone to pick though and it relates to the feeling that there's two features in one. I perhaps would have rated this flick much higher if the Julie Powell storyline was wiped altogether. Expand
  6. Jul 30, 2014
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. "Julie & Julia" is a film about cooking, supported best by a superb Meryl Streep as Julia Child and an adorable Amy Adams as Julie Powell. Its 'Julie' part of the plot may seem a bit cheesy, in contrast to the intriguing story Julia Child narrates. The film is well-directed and its vivid colors make it more pleasing to the eye and ideal for its character. Streep delivers many laughs with her refreshing humour. The single fact I disliked was that the film hinted Child's dislike of Powell's blog was unjustified, while it is not so. I also found Powell's struggle to be ridiculously extravagant. Except for this tiny bit, "Julie & Julia" is an enjoyable film above average. Expand
  7. StevenO
    Aug 22, 2009
    0
    Worst movies ever seen! Love both main actresses and was ruined by a bunch of keckling women who laughed at every word said. Would possibly liked the movies at home without the audience laughing at every word that wasn't funny. Meryl's husband was to unreal and too gay to be realistic. Love him but didn't cut it! This was definitely a woman and gay man's movie. I'm gay and hated it! Expand

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