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Julie & Julia Review Critics


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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal 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.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter 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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Spiced with plenty of humor and affection.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune 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.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Tempting Meryl Streep dramedy is OK but may bore kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this dramedy is ultimately upbeat, it isn't all sugary sweet. The protagonists -- strong female characters played by Amy Adams and Meryl Streep -- both undergo identity crises of sorts and must grapple with all that entails, a theme that may not appeal to tweens and under (though the soul-searching's not too deep).There's some swearing (including one use of "f--k"), and the movie's two married couples are comfortable displaying their physical affections, though there's no nudity or graphic love scenes.

  • Families can talk about why Julie felt compelled to set such a lofty goal. Was it just about the cooking? What did she learn besides how to make great food? How is she similar to or different from Julia?
  • How do the two characters stack up as role models?
  • What's the film's take on women's roles, both then and now? What aboutidentity? What shapes your identity? Your work, your personal life, orboth?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Risk and bravery are rewarded, especially when they're accompanied by persistence and hard work. Both female protagonists have to pay their dues before they achieve success, especially Julia.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Two strong women find themselves through sheer force of will and creativity. Their husbands are very supportive, as are their friends.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: McCarthyism's insidious reach is a subtext of the film.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Married couples fall into bed, but there's no nudity except for the occasional bare shoulder. In a description for a food item, male genitalia is mentioned.

  • language false2

    Language: "Bitch" pops up a few times, as do "damn," "s--t," and "hell." "F--k" is used once. Other words include "c--k," "ass," "crap," "hell," and "oh my God."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: PayPal is mentioned; logos for and James Farm butter are visible, as are specific cookbooks.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking and smoking (the latter occurring during mostly during the Julia Child segments, when it was more era-accurate).