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  • Summary: Come Early Morning is a beautifully rendered film about a southern woman in a small-town, rural community, a subject director Joey Lauren Adams obviously knows intimately. Fueled by a nuanced performance from Ashley Judd, this film is about life transitions, the search for love, and the burdens we carry with us. (Roadside Attractions) Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. The baby-voiced costar of "Chasing Amy" proves an effortless filmmaker, turning Lucy’s journey into the awakening of a soul.
  2. Adams has a good camera eye and a fine feeling for the regional mores of the South, where she's from. Judd, who for a change isn't being terrorized in a thriller, is more nuanced and intense than she's ever been.
  3. 75
    The kind of small gem that's becoming increasingly rare in American films.
  4. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    Falls prey to bits of psychoanalytic shorthand and narrative predictability, but it offers the rare, meaty role for an actress in her late 30s.
  5. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    Artfully shot and excruciatingly honest, the movie has great intentions but can't quite overcome its outsized sense of self-importance.
  6. The script is somewhat predictable and the pace is leisurely, but Ms. Judd makes Lucy's choices seem momentous, and Ms. Adams gives us several beautiful scenes.
  7. 20
    The end result is stale, clumsy, and about as compelling as an average episode of "As the World Turns."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Caladonia
    Nov 18, 2006
    A pleasant surprise. Judd gives one of the year's best performances.
  2. Marty
    Nov 10, 2006
    This is a quiet movie that is absolutely captivating. It's a simple story envisioned through Adams' confident eye. Also, great performances by Ashley Judd and Jeffrey Donovan help bring it to life. It's not a movie for everyone, but if you appreciate realistic drama, smart writing and excellent acting, this is a movie for you. Expand
  3. ChadS.
    Apr 1, 2007
    "The sins of the father," from the Book of Matthew, Lucy cites, is the lightning rod of her theological vent with her parish priest. Since daddy was a womanizer, this must be the reason why I f*** and run, Lucy rationalizes; this must be the reason I'm always drunk and single. Because of her arrested development, when Cal(Jeffrey Donovan) intervenes between Lucy and a predatory barfly, the girl with daddy issues balks at having her honor defended. She can't see that Cal is her knight and shining armour, or is he? The understated "Come Early Morning" avoids cliched characterizations. After frying frog legs, Cal asks Lucy to perform a wifely function that doesn't suit her; this same function is echoed late in the between an unhappy husband and wife. This first-time writer/director has a soft touch; she eschews big emotional payoffs that sends everyone home happy, in favor of scenes that end in disappointment and heartbreak. "Come Early Morning" seems rudderless, but in the thrilling(quietly so) final act, Lucy's character is defined and set in stone for us. We get her. We like her. Expand