Julie & Julia Reviews

  • Though hardly a perfect souffle, Julie & Julia is the movie American foodie culture has been waiting for. It hooks you up, happily, to your inner top chef.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

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

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • A dose of stodgy comfort food in the form of a complacent, mediocre film, with an exasperatingly flaccid and anti-climactic ending.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • It's a light and entertaining treat, with winning performances, sharp writing and some happy surprises.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Streep and Tucci enjoy a terrific, infectious onscreen chemistry as soul mates for whom food and entertaining were part of one long, sensuous continuum.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • (Julie & Julia movie review at Boston Globe)

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • This is blissful moviemaking. Much of the pleasure we have in watching it comes from seeing Tucci and, obviously, Streep connect. But it's also the effortlessness Ephron reveals in bringing it all together.

    Dean Essner — Boston Globe

  • If Ephron is to be criticized for treating Powell like a soggy sitcom creation, she (along with Streep) should be celebrated for rendering Child flesh and blood -- all passion and pleasure, even during moments of self-doubt.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • Well, what do you know? It turns out there was an accent Meryl Streep hadn't yet tackled -- and, as anyone might guess, she handles it with remarkable finesse.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • The joys of the Julia parts are cumulative, and addictive. The Julie parts keep forcing us to go cold turkey.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • From Child's warbling, New England-by-way-of-Paris voice to her towering yet curiously lighthearted physical presence, Streep gets everything technically right about the woman.

    Christopher Kelly — Dallas Morning News

  • What an expression of the joy of cooks and cooking Julie & Julia turns out to be.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • When actors like these are cooking, it's better than haute cuisine.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • Julie & Julia is one of the gentlest, most charming American movies of the past decade.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • One can't help but wonder if Ephron would've been better off focusing exclusively on Child: She's simply more interesting screen company. But Ephron's commercial touch serves her well here.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The main reason for seeing this is Meryl Streep's deft comic performance as the fluttery TV chef.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Like Nora Ephron's captivating film, Streep's performance is haute cuisine disguised as comfort food, a complex preparation yielding effects both broadly entertaining and subtly moving.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Loved the first course, hated the second.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Fluffy, sweet and deliciously delightful, Julie & Julia is a hoot of a movie and a surefire recipe for a good time, assuming of course you can do without robots, superheroes and comics who curse.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

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