Morton, one of the least artificial actresses in the world, charts her character's heartbreak without any of the self-pity normally assigned to ordinary women.
Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly, 2014-12-31
What Ullmann's done is create the ideal conditions for these three to do electrifying work with each other. She maintains control so they can lose it.
Wesley Morris, Grantland, 2014-12-11
An austere, pared-down take that does one thing extremely well: It allows actors Jessica Chastain, Samantha Morton and especially Colin Farrell to shine.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 2014-12-04
Much more convincing than Mike Figgis's 1999 screen adaptation, starring Saffron Burrows, it is a grueling slog through a hell of torment, cruelty and suffering.
Stephen Holden, New York Times, 2014-12-04
Chastain, who seems incapable of a bad performance, brings an Ophelia-like vulnerability to Miss Julie, the lonely and depressed daughter of a count.
Sara Stewart, New York Post, 2014-12-03
The film is visually bland, with only a couple of bookending outdoor sequences around a handful of interior sets.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, 2015-03-12
It smoulders and smokes and generates some heat but it never really bursts into flame.
Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star, 2015-03-12
The heat that should saturate the film as betrayals mount and boundaries are broken flickers and dies many times over "Miss Julie's" languid two-plus hours.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 2014-12-04
It's a handsomely mounted, intentionally claustrophobic film; too claustrophobic over the long haul, with relentless close-ups that constrict the galvanic emotions on display.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2014-12-04
"Miss Julie" is a strangely clinical movie experience. It's a story that makes an impression without leaving a mark.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2014-12-04
"Their subordinate ranks as a woman and a lowborn servant, respectively, should inspire sympathy, but their self pity is so thorough and one-note that their distress is no more compelling or resonant than a pair of dogs noisily licking their wounds."
Inkoo Kang, TheWrap, 2014-12-04
Ullmann's way is the wrong way to do "Miss Julie," but this is the best version of this wrong way you're ever likely to find.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2014-12-04
Strenuously acted dramas make for strenuous viewing, and Liv Ullmann's rigorous adaptation of Strindberg's Miss Julie, which uproots the action to 19th-century Ireland, is no exception.
Abby Garnett, Village Voice, 2014-12-02
A ponderous, stately affair that lacks relevance and only acquires intermittent power.
David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, 2014-09-08
Liv Ullmann's worshipful but static adaptation of the classic Strindberg play fails to work as a film, despite impressive perfs.
Dennis Harvey, Variety, 2014-09-07