Owen Gleiberman
October 29, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Being Julia

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
104 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/15/04
performer
Annette Bening, Maury Chaykin, Michael Gambon, Bruce Greenwood, Jeremy Irons, Juliet Stevenson, Miriam Margolyes, Sheila McCarthy, Lucy Punch
director
Istvan Szabo
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Ronald Harwood
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

Annette Bening gets her sparkle back in this puckishly contrived British period piece. She plays a celebrated stage performer of the 1930s who is always acting, even when she thinks she’s being sincere.

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