Dual biopic Julie & Julia would have been a lot better if it had focused solely on Julia Child, say critics, but Meryl Streep's performance as the famous chef more than compensates for the second, weaker storyline about a blogger who tackles Child's recipes.
- Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times: Nora Ephron's "ode to food, obsession and finding one's bliss" is "one-half delightful and one-half disappointing; luckily, the delightful part stays with you while the rest fades away."
- Lou Lumenick, New York Post: "Meryl Streep makes such a tasty and larger-than-life Julia in a nostalgically evoked late-'40s Paris—and director Nora Ephron depicts food with such mouthwatering relish —that it's worth stomaching the pancake-flat sequences with her supposed early 21st-century counterpart, Julie Powell," played by Amy Adams.
- Rafer Guzmán, Newsday: Streep "is this film's butter. All the rest is garnish."