Come Early Morning Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 28, 2008
Judd surely deserves the lion's share of kudos for the movie's success...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Don Willmott
January 14, 2008
custom made for Judd; she's brilliant
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
July 10, 2007
With an honest and starkly minimalist approach, Adams paints a vivid, often painful portrait of a woman who has nothing to look forward to except the next one-night stand.
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
What Come Early Morning does is create an utterly convincing central character, and surround her with a milieu and backstory that is sincere and convincing.
Jette Kernion
January 24, 2007
Overall, the film lacks energy and the plot has no driving force.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 18, 2007
The best thing about Adams' film is its unhurried, casual naturalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
December 29, 2006
The writing and directing by Joey Lauren Adams express an admirable naturalness and eschews rose-tinted solutions.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 17, 2006
...nothing less than a minor key wonder of a film, a character study of novelistic complexity with a sure sense of place and purpose that seems akin to movies made before Hollywood discovered its corporate destiny.
Full Review | Original Score: 93/100
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 1, 2006
Subdued and deliberate, but also sensitive and quietly moving. And it gives Judd a chance to shine as a real actress again.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 22, 2006
If and when Come Early Morning ever resurfaces on DVD, order it immediately-and while you're at it, order Chasing Amy too, if you haven't already seen it, and enjoy a dandy double feature with two country girls of enormous talent.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 20, 2006
This is a quietly powerful film about small-town Southern living that avoids all the usual clichés and makes us feel as if we're dropping in on real lives in mid-stream.
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
November 18, 2006
In fact this film is generally about nothing. There's an attempt to show some growth in some relationships, but there really isn't any and we're left where we started.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 15, 2006
The baby-voiced costar of Chasing Amy proves an effortless filmmaker, turning Lucy's journey into the awakening of a soul.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
November 13, 2006
It's a Southern story, but not cloying in the way that many Hollywood versions of the rustic South are.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 13, 2006
In Come Early Morning, Ashley Judd delivers her most natural screen performance since Ruby in Paradise, the film that pushed her toward stardom in 1993.
| Original Score: 4/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 10, 2006
The film has a worn, live-in feel, and its unhurried narrative captures the subtle rhythms of small-town life. Nothing much happens on the surface, but worlds of hope, hurt and determination lie right behind the characters' eyes, waiting to be discovered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
November 10, 2006
In a way, the movie itself is an example of that philosophy put into practice. [Director] Adams clearly did a lot of soul-searching as she wrote the story. Her introspective script provides another actress with a great role and a new start.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 10, 2006
Beautifully photographed by Tim Orr, Come Early Morning is the kind of small gem that's becoming increasingly rare in American films.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 10, 2006
This intensely personal film may not bring either [Joey Lauren Adams and Ashley Judd] widespread acclaim, but it's a small triumph nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
November 10, 2006
'Come Early Morning' is a terrific accomplishment by [Joey Lauren] Adams -- a commendable first effort, making me hope that it's merely the beginning of a promising new aspect of her career as both a director and a writer.
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