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
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
Although the calories ultimately are empty, they sure are enjoyable.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
This movie is an emerald of enchantment in the current sewer of cinematic trap rock.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
This middling melange of Child biopic and contempo dramedy feels overstuffed and predigested.
Justin Chang - Variety
Meryl Streep makes such a tasty and larger-than-life Julia in a nostalgically evoked late-'40s Paris that it's worth stomaching the pancake-flat sequences with her supposed early 21st-century counterpart, Julie Powell.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The comedy about a would-be writer's attempt to cook her way through Child's culture-changing cookbook sees Nora Ephron return to her Sleepless in Seattle form.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Child was often imitated but Streep lets us see her jubilant soul.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
Christine Champ - Film.com
'Julie & Julia': Facile, slapdash and terribly repetitive
Joe Baltake - Passionate Moviegoer
Child was a large personality, and Meryl Streep is a great actress -- the combination does rather overshadow young Amy Adams in the role of Powell, the earnest disciple.
Kate Taylor - Globe and Mail
Ephron does the smart thing in Julie & Julia and lets Streep carry the day, with a minimum of embellishment.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
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.
Dana Stevens - Slate
Perhaps the most disappointing thing about Julie & Julia is the lack of dramatic closure.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Julie & Julia is a mixed blessing. You enjoy vicariously many dishes, sample the good life in France and get treated to another Streep marvel.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
The Julia parts in Julie & Julia are a delight. The ones about Julie? More like an annoying distraction.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The ideal recipe has a special ingredient that can lift a dish from meh to memorable. Meryl Streep -- at her brilliant, beguiling best -- is the spice that does the trick for the yummy Julie & Julia.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Less Julie and more Julia, and you'd have the perfect recipe...
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
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.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Streep does an amazing job bringing television cooking legend Julia Child to life and making us smile every frame of the way.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
Hank Sartin - Time Out
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Dean Essner - Dark Horizons
Dave White - Movies.com
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
Half-baked comedy barely whets the appetite.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
You might dismiss this as a "chick flick", but I think anyone can enjoy it. You don't have to leave your "Manly-Man" card at the door.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Two true stories are merged into one delicious treat of a film in Julie & Julia.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Considering the movie acknowledges it's perfectly healthy for women to enjoy both eating and sex, it qualifies as something rare in Hollywood: a feminist work of popular art.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
A misguided film of differing expectations saved only by its performances.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Two movies for the price of one. Half is about the famous French cooking maven (and CIA agent). The other is about a blogger who launched a writing career blogging about her attempt to cook all the recipes in Child's cookbook. All it is lacking is a plot.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
It's the 'yum' factor
S. James Wegg - JWR
The human cornucopia that is Streep is carrying the energy and feel-goodness of this movie. Adams is providing her natural comic timing and sweetness to make Powell as human as possible, and she succeeds more than I would have thought possible, though Ju
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
...an easy-going, pleasant film...
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
A charming and witty biographical tale of two women who were brought together as soul mates through the art of food and the joy of cooking...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Pretty light stuff, and the movie's only goal seems to be to convey that fluffiness, as both lives are milked for generally positive comic and romantic moments.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Amy Adams is so meek she echoes Cynthia Nixon's waif servant in Forman's Amadeus. In fact, for a moment I thought she was Ms. Nixon, until I remembered that Amadeus was twenty-five years ago.
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
Poderia ser descrito como dois medias-metragens montados paralelamente num unico longa %u2013 e o fato e que, por mais adoravel que Adams seja, e a historia protagonizada por Meryl Streep que segura o projeto.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Another patchy effort from director Nora Ephron who doesn't quite get a grip on this potentially fascinating story.
Annette Basile - FILMINK (Australia)
As food movies go -- and they've become a genre of their own -- this one may be a little too rich but it's full of delights.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
Like a beautiful home cooked meal, Julie & Julia is not perfect by industry standards, just warm, comforting and very, very enjoyable.
Giles Hardie - Unknown2
What makes this film memorable and pleasurable, above all, is the ebullient performance of Meryl Streep as Julia Child, unlikely culinary trailblazer and TV star.
Philippa Hawker - The Age (Australia)
Ebullient, witty, and wonderfully warm-hearted Julie & Julia is a celebration of how to live life to the full.
Ruth Hessey - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Nora Ephron serves up a hearty silver-service banquet with a story that links the lives of two exceptional American women.
Des Partridge - Courier Mail (Australia)
With great panache, it celebrates butter, bravery, and believing in oneself, all excellent things, brilliantly executed
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Who cannot relate to Julia enrolling in the all-male Cordon Bleu Cooking School, crying buckets as she practises chopping mountains of onions?
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
It's a delicious, irresistible film whose primary exuberance and pull is created by the combined forces of Meryl Streep and Amy Adams %u2013 their second pairing after Doubt, in which they also hit the acting jackpot
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
A bland blend of two half-baked stories. Julie & Julia spends so long celebrating the art of cooking, it forgets to be dramatic, romantic or funny.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
There are few more civilised, civilising and generally delightful movies around at the moment than Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Ultimately, the film - a celebration of friendship and wise choices of spouse - belongs to Streep...and the lingering food porn shots...
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Julie & Julia is a heartfelt, deliciously shot, and beautifully designed romp, studded with fine performances that are endearingly cheery, inspirational and funny. It's a must-see for anyone who loves to eat.
Karen Krizanovich - Filmstar Magazine
While both actresses deserve credit, it's Streep who dominates and deserves to be put in contention for her third Oscar. Deftly playing the dotty masterchef - complete with a brilliantly squawking laugh - it's an amusing but respectful imitation.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
It's refreshing to see male performers being towered over by female leads. It's even more refreshing to watch a film that exults in the pleasures of uxoriousness.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
Worth seeing for the performances, but the endings of both stories are oddly unsatisfying and it never really comes together as a single film.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Julie & Julia seems satisfied to fall short of its potential - whether as an insightful romantic comedy or an exploration of food lust - relying on Streep to carry the film with her witty turn as Child.
Laura Bushell - Little White Lies
The ham, madam? It's very much on, in this bland gastro-mantic comedy that needs much less sugar and a hell of a lot more bite.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
A film that's charming, funny - especially when Streep is on screen, broadcasting her superb impression of the tall, charismatic, high-pitched Child - but leaves you with a dissatisfaction with modern life that no culinary masterpiece can relieve.
Nina Caplan - Time Out
Ephron reunites with Streep for this slightly overlong and very girly drama based on two true stories, both of which are involving and well-played. The comedy is earthy and real, and the film looks good enough to eat.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Julie & Julia is an unmissable treat for food lovers - just make sure you eat beforehand.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
Hollywood, famously, makes few movies aimed at older females because young men are much easier to satisfy. Julie & Julia is that rare film targeted at your mum, but we think you'll enjoy it too.
Charles Gant - Heat Magazine
Think of it like a good souffle: deliciously sweet and airy without the cloying aftertaste. You'll want more.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
Like being force-fed a dish of candied pecans, smothered in honey, washed down with a bottle of Eiswein. By the end of it you're screaming for a tumbler of vinegar cut with lemon juice and a nice sprinkling of asafoetida.
Dean Essner - Financial Times
Julie & Julia serves up two true stories for the price of one, with results that are only half-way satisfying.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
An adorable and entertaining film that is appealing to the appetite.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
The pace is so slow-braised that the year of cooking seems to pass in real time, and Adams' usual charm is hindered by a bad wig and constant blubbing.
Jane Crowther - Total Film
Deliciously funny and warming fare, for which the amazing Meryl deserves her ridiculously overdue third Oscar.
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
Julie & Julia is a very American kind of money-spinner. Crucially, though, it is never dumb.
Charlotte O'Sullivan - This is London
The movie is not objectionable - it's very affectionate, and has a light comic tone - but it is insufferable. Tweeness and whimsy eclipse any spark of thoughtfulness. The resulting confection is two hours of drama-less self-congratulation.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Julie & Julia is among the most heart-warming, feelgood films of the year, and so joyously obsessed with food that it might be described as a feed-good movie.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Julie & Julia is a highly polished piece of upmarket entertainment, brimming with beautiful interiors. If you throw in the lavish helpings of food porn it's almost like a colour supplement come to life.
Toby Young - Times [UK]
A tasty little confection inspired by two true stories.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Meryl Streep at her most relaxed and enjoyable is a main course in herself. Pity we have to share her with a side order of Nora Ephron at her least appetizing.
Leigh Singer - Film4
Like a souffle. Fluffy and delicious, and often this close to collapsing.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
This kind of film should teach you something about the art of cooking and make you hungry. It does both and the results, while not overpowering are sweet and succulent.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Meryl Streep's performance brings Julia Child to vivid life ... As Nora Ephron herself has said: "She plays all of us better than we play ourselves."
Beverly Berning - culturevulture.net
This delectable, adorable movie - yes that's the proper word for it - definitely leaves one hungering for another helping.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
awash in culinary imagery, and it's enough to make you want to run out, purchase some Le Creuset cookware, and start deboning a duck
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Any movie that follows parallel stories runs the danger that one will be superior to the other, but the disparity is especially wide in Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Sometimes a meal can be less than perfect but still so thoroughly enjoyable that a missed ingredient here or a bit of overcooking there doesn't really matter.
Charlie McCollum - San Jose Mercury News
A delightful dessert of a movie.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Nora Ephron's winning new movie is a tonic for those seeking something different from the usual summer fare of explosions, aliens and all things gone berserk. And what a swell departure it is.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
It's a movie to savor.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
There's a scene in the movie when Julie is watching SNL and Dan Aykroyd is doing his famous Julia Childs impersonation and it's not that much different than Streep's version. Too cartoony. But Adams is fantastic!
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
Cutesy kitchen antics aside, one senses here -- across class lines, fifty years and an ocean -- huge shifts in the perception of romance, of profession, of identity.
Gregory Weinkauf - Huffington Post
The Amy Adams half is shallow enough, and too inclined towards writer-director Nora Ephron's worst habits, that it manages to wreck what would otherwise be a good enough bit of fun.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
As a writer herself and a woman in an even more cutthroat business, you would think that Ephron might shed off her usual goody-goody fantasies and stick one to Powell. Heh, ridicule in a Nora Ephron film? Even Julia Child would raspberry that one.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Julia Child's letters home are vivacious, illustrating her generosity and wit, her resolve and sense of humor.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
As Child would have told you, a souffle isn't a filling meal.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Even Streep inevitably falls victim to Ephron's one-note modus operandi...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Julie & Julia is a scrumptious delight... a vivacious pleasure. In the word of both Julie and Julia: Yum.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
... savor the genius of Streep whipping her high-pitched Julia accent into a froth as she chops a mountain of onions into submission.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
A tasty dual biography.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
This may not be a great movie, but it's a sweet, funny, enjoyable work with characters it's possible to care about and fine performances straight across the board.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Meryl is magnificent and the humor is good, but the movie overall is fairly ordinary
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
This is yet another movie that will leave Meryl Streep's legion of fans convinced she can do anything (except sing, as Mamma Mia proved).
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
While Julie needs the Julia tale, the story of Julia would have been just fine without Julie. In fact it would have probably been better.
Danny Minton - Fort Bend Sun
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
If Norah Ephron had better producers around to save her from herself, "Julie & Julia" could have been the movie it wants to be--that is a Julia Child biopic with Meryl Streep doing a fantastic job as the television chef that taught America how to cook.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Meryl Streep is terrific. She will be again the darling of the award show season.
Ben Lyons - At the Movies
If it weren't for the sheer brilliance of Streep and on-screen husband Stanley Tucci, this would be an easy skip.
Ben Mankiewicz - At the Movies
Poor Amy Adams has been thrown on the barbecue; by contrast, Streep's scenes as Julia Child are as delightful as a slice of watermelon.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
A refreshingly-charming take on an enduring cultural icon and a lady now likely to go down in history as her #1 fan.
Kam Williams - Sly Fox
The main reason the Child half of Julie & Julia soars is that Streep so fully inhabits the woman.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Tasty mostly because Meryl Streep as the daffy American chef Julia Child nails her role with perfection.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Channeling Julia Child had to be a challenge for Meryl Streep, and I do not mean just getting that distinctive voice down. Streep not only nails the voice, but the body language as well. ...And amazingly, she embodies the great chef's spirit.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
An epicurean delight!
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Streep's a walking, talking, rising souffle who refuses to fall. A vibrating baguette. An impassioned risotto. (Do the French eat risotto?) Streep clearly energizes every scene she's in--and in those she sadly isn't.
Brandon Judell - CultureCatch
Schizophrenic as it is, Julie & Julia is very fortunate to have Meryl Streep holding up both hers and everyone else's souffle to keep the proceedings passably entertaining.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Meryl Streep is Julia Child -- in a movie that needs more of her.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Don't go see Julie & Julia, a delightful culinary treat, on an empty stomach %u2013 unless, of course, you are a masochist.
Kit Bowen - The Movie Kit
Julie & Julia features two dramatically inert story lines and two firecracker actresses.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Ephron's cuisine is clearly undercooked. Amy Adams Powell serves the main dish. It misses key ingredients causing you to long for more of Meryl Streep's scrumptious dessert.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
This is one lip-smacking, celestially aromatic, drop-dead delicious movie.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
It's a delicious concoction of two delectable stories, but the surprise is that Amy Adams sweetly understated performance goes down much easier than Meryl Streep's showy shtick, which too often becomes almost indigestibly larger than life.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
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Jim Judy - Screen It!
Streep and Tucci give us a mature sizzle, sexy and endearing. Like chocolate and peanut butter, or champagne and strawberries -- they're fabulous alone, but together -- wow, the combination's irresistible.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
A hi-carb generation gap gourmet outing contrasting elders hooked on sex, souffle and espionage with postmodern workaholic, too tired for romance youth. Though what's served up is basically Julia a la carte.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Streep makes you want to have whatever she's having. The rest of the movie makes you wonder what else is on, until you remember you're not really watching the Lifetime channel.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
The Julia-Paul relationship is one of the most blissful seen in years, and Streep and Tucci dance through their interpretations with the grace and chemistry of an Astaire-Rogers routine.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Yum! One of the Best Films of 09 with its celebration of culinary creativity and the spiritual practice of enthusiasm as the energy which animates the efforts of two women to give their best to the world.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
A feast of winning characters, sumptuous food, loving marriages, and strong women who stumble, laugh, cry, write and, of course, cook their way into our hearts.
Camerin Courtney - Christianity Today
There are many things wrong with Julie and Julia but, if you're looking to get hitched, you won't find a better booster. Just make sure that one of you can cook.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Together the film's parallel stories do make slightly more than the sum of their ingredients, cooking up undemanding summer fun.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Tempting Meryl Streep dramedy satisfies but doesn't wow.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Meryl Streep and Amy Adams are great fun to watch, and Streep could well earn yet another Oscar nomination.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Ephron has whipped up a sly, subtle, piquant confection that not only brings to life two fascinating women (or maybe one fascinating and one ingratiating) but also explores the differences between two eras.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Meryl Streep is simply stupendous in the lead role and the main reason to see the movie. Her classy impersonation is worthy of year-end awards recognition.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
A lighthearted comedy that's very easy to like, with some charming performances.
Jette Kernion - Cinematical
Julie & Julia works best when it focuses not on how we make something of ourselves but the fact that no one does so alone.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Ephron has crafted a movie that is bursting with butter and sweets yet ends up completely bland.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
This old-fashioned star vehicle of the highest order lacks conventional drama and conflict -- and is none the worse for those absences.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
[T]he whole enterprise has a whiff of marketing to it. Did the filmmakers worry that Child wouldn't be 'relatable' to contemporary women? Was there a fear that the 18-35 demographic would decline to show up if it didn't have an onscreen representative?
Christopher Orr - New Republic
It's Julia who truly delights, and who we want seconds of. Like the food she dishes up, she's warm and spicy, hearty and satisfying.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
The film is not just a showcase for Streep's considerable talents, it's also another demonstration of the career growth of Amy Adams.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Meryl Streep and Amy Adams cook up a treat in Julie & Julia.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
Christopher Orr - The New Republic
Streep as Child is a magnet who draws everybody to her in every minute of screen time.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Perfectly pleasant but slight.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
Meryl Streep is so utterly delightful as Julia Child it made me think the best definition of a movie star is that when she's off-screen for even a moment, you want her to get back up there fast.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
People like my mother are going to eat this movie up... I, however, was bored. Bored, bored, bored, bored, bored.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
In a movie about as diametrically opposed to what you normally expect from Streep (this is no Sophie's Choice), she seems to be relishing every chance to be silly, goofy, and funny.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
It's not enough to sustain a film that runs over two hours, but it does at least make it pleasant to sit through much of the time.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Julie & Julia is a romantic comedy, too, but this time the romance is between two women, and one of them, truth be told, is a dud.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Ephron, like her heroines, has finally found what suits her: a surprising comic and romantic realism.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
Elevating the mediocre simply by one's presence is probably the definition of star power, and Streep makes good material better and marginal material worth watching.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
If Ephron finds any parity in the tilting that Powell does at this edible windmill, she doesn't share it with the audience.
Leslie Gornstein - E! Online
This is a movie about food and love and courage and dreams and lots and lots of butter, and doing something -- cooking or acting -- brilliantly and with gusto.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Meryl Streep is yeast that makes this light comedy rise.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Few movies are as delightful as Julie & Julia.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Cooking shows haven't just jumped the shark, they've pan-seared its still-beating heart and served it as a $40 mini burger with a side of couscous at a SOHO fusion joint. This backlash helps Julie & Julia, half of it, anyways
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Julie's setbacks are dealt out like the hand in a game we don't want to play anymore. We want to drop the cards and stay over at Julia's winning table.
Matthew Sorrento - Film Threat
As usual, Meryl Streep steals the movie; but thanks to strong writing by Nora Ephron and delightful additional performances by Amy Adams and Stanley Tucci, "Julie and Julia" might steal your heart.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
Leger et doux comme une creme brulee
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Aesthetically, the film is phenomenal. Streep and Adams deliver fantastic performances and the parallels between the characters were fascinating.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
...a distillation of two good books into something less than intoxicating, but it's still good fun whenever Streep is on screen.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
[G]iddily joyful performances [by] Adams and Streep: spending time with them is like spending time with the kind of friends who support you and love you no matter what...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
A lightweight but enjoyable gustatory romp.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Streep nimbly apes that famous warbly voice and bemused laugh, clomping around the set like a delightful giantess.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Showcases stable, loving relationships (complete with supportive men), offers honest depictions of self-worth, and imparts a message of feminine achievement through the art of divine creation. Now how about that.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Streep's Julia reminded me more of Akroyd's Julia than Julia's Julia.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Julie and Julia is a delightful, tasty treat for adults.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Julie & Julia was directed by Nora Ephron with a light touch that will satisfy an eager audience of female foodies.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
With a whopping fifteen Academy Award nominations on her resume', and an almost guaranteed number sixteen thanks to her performance here, she (Streep) continues to amaze.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Getting something half right would never have been good enough for [Julia] Child, and the movie goes all sorts of wrong with Julie.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
The film features a typical bio on the one side -- the making of the legend that is Julia Child -- and a coming-of-age rom-com on the other, with the good but underused Amy Adams pouting her way through New York City and a cookbook; the only shared ingred
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
The cuisine may be French but the spirit is as American as apple pie.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Julie & Julia is two movies in one. That's one more movie than it needs to be.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
For all the talent invested in Julie & Julia, it's ultimately a bland cinematic dish that needed more comedic spice.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
While the Julia Child material and Streep's performance are entertaining enough to warrant a recommendation, the other stuff is so dreadfully dull that you wonder why it even exists at all
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
A breezy and thoroughly delightful comedy.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The alternating storylines are slight and conflict is severely lacking, but Meryl Streep and Amy Adams are extraordinary, lifting so-so material into an enjoyable, easy-breezy, late-summer trifle.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Glossy and graceful, Julie & Julia is less about a full belly than it is about a full life, less about assembling dishes and more assembling one's self
James Rocchi - Redbox
Julie & Julia does have some euphoric moments centered around food and cooking, and both Adams and Streep are very much worth watching.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia is one-half delightful and one-half disappointing; luckily, the delightful part stays with you while the rest fades away.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Ephron wanted to compare and contrast the two women...But the bottom line is that one of those lives is truly interesting, while the other is truly not
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
an enjoyable experience -- just not as filling as it could have been.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
A smiley-face version of the The Hours that substitutes Julia Child for Virginia Woolf, food for suicide, jokes for despair, and startles us with its refreshing portrait of a good marriage.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Meryl Streep, as Child, is this film's butter; everything else is garnish.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
I suppose it's telling that the only time in Julie & Julia that I heartily chuckled was during an archived clip of Dan Aykroyd impersonating Child on Saturday Night Live. Now there was entertainment with some life to it.
John Thomason - Orlando Weekly
Ephron conveys neither gustatory joy nor cinematic know-how.
Armond White - New York Press
For all its merits, Julie & Julia is felled by a near total lack of compelling drama.
Robert Levin - Critic's Notebook
Streep and her colleague from The Devil Wears Prada, Stanley Tucci, make up a thrillingly rich and urbane union. They are perfect ingredients.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
There's almost no conflict in either of the stories presented in Julie & Julia, and though this is preferable to contrived conflict, it still leaves us with a rather overlong, lovey-dovey picture.
Dan Callahan - Slant Magazine
The movie is sweet, amusing and, unlike one of Child's decadent platters of beef bourguignon, mostly weightless; if not for Streep's expert portrayal, which is boundlessly energetic and respectful, it might float off the screen.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
While women seem the most immediate audience for this souffle-light summer film, anyone with even fleeting interest in writing or in eating (a much larger demo, for sure) will want to revel in this two hour long celebration of love, life and Lobster Therm
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Boxoffice Magazine
Love and food, the basics of life, two passions common to nearly everyone on the planet, the film offers them up like hors d'oeuvres never ceasing to circle the room. It's gentle, tender, warm, and sprinkled generously with tasty bits of humor.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
In the end, Julie & Julia doesn't stack up as much more than a pleasant summertime diversion, but it's hands down the best such trifle that Ephron has ever concocted.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
Like a fallen souffle, this movie delivers flavor but not the dizzying deliciousness it promises.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
The Julie character is just not as interesting as Julia Child, but the movie entertains and will be loved by the over-50 set. Streep will be deservedly Oscar nominated.
David Poland - Movie City News
This entertaining new comedy from Nora Ephron, about famed chef Julia Child and author Julie Powell, is a homage to every woman's unique talent for reinvention.
Maria Garcia - Film Journal International
The single best reason to see the film is Streep and Tucci together, turning their Devil Wears Prada rivalry into a funny, deeply romantic marriage, full of quips and sex and lots of amazing food.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
Needs a story and a director. Bottom line: Who cares?
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Shallow and repetitious, Ephron's mildly amusing comedy is gimmicky without emotional pay-off, juxtaposing the stories of two American housewives, in which Meryl Streep gets the showy role and Amy Adams is stuck with the dull one.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Neither story here quite stands up by itself, and they don't quite gel together either -- even as the film wraps, it feels as if there's a course missing.
Fionnuala Halligan - Screen International