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Tully (2002)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 10

A beautifully acted, quietly moving little film.


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 4

A beautifully acted, quietly moving little film.



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Taking home both the audience prize for Best Director as well as the critics' prize for Best Film, writer-director Hilary Birmingham was the toast of the 2000 L.A. Independent Film Festival with this slice-of-life drama about a pair of motherless young men and their relationships with women. Tully Jr. (Anson Mount) and Earl (Glenn Fitzgerald) live on their father's Nebraska ranch, proud and independent to a fault. While the shy, reclusive Earl spends his free time watching movies, the cockier

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The movie resonates with a rare and genuine sweetness.

March 28, 2003
Seattle Times
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Flawed but promising.

February 13, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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Watching Tully reminded me of a time when calling a movie 'little' was a compliment, a way of saying a director had found ways to locate his movie in a world that seemed entirely real.

February 7, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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At turns heartbreaking and heart-stirring.

January 30, 2003
Philadelphia Inquirer
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There's certainly nothing objectionable about Tully, but there's nothing remarkable either. It resides in that cinematic middle ground of not-bad, not-great, just okay.

January 24, 2003
Washington Post
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An uncommonly perceptive and finely shaded character drama.

January 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Tully is worth a look for its true-to-life characters, its sensitive acting, its unadorned view of rural life and the subtle direction of first-timer Hilary Birmingham.

June 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Best to just pick up a blade of grass and chew on it while absorbing the scenic imagery and natural acting of a strong cast.

April 17, 2003
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The revelations... are not in the plot but in the rhythm of life and the pace of days (brought to life perfectly in the crisp, bright, sunlit photography)...

March 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A heartfelt, understated and occasionally heavy-handed slice of heartland.

March 20, 2003
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It's a promising debut made even better by an impressive bunch of actors.

February 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

It brims with characters, incidents and dialogue that are alternately sharp and lyrical, and sometimes both at the same time.

January 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

The film is weighed down by supporting characters who are either too goodly, wise and knowing or downright comically evil.

January 23, 2003 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Full of affecting, quiet moments.

January 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

A small-town movie in a big-city world.

January 2, 2003 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Director and co-writer Hilary Birmingham's maiden feature... is a strong, polished, professional indie effort that bodes well for bigger success.

December 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

A refreshingly honest and ultimately touching tale of the sort of people usually ignored in contemporary American film. Search it out.

December 9, 2002 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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Audience Reviews for Tully

A quiet film, about a quiet man and his two sons, living on a farm in Nebraska. Tully (Anson Mount), is the elder son, and a twenty-something Lothario who believes himself irresistible to women. His younger brother, Earl (Glenn Fitzgerald), works hard and plays clean. A straight-arrow neighboring girl, Ella (Julianne Nicholson), is friends with Earl and becomes entangled with Tully. The father, also named Tully (Bob Burrus) just goes about his business, quietly and efficiently, without humor, until he gets notice that his farm is being foreclosed. It is in this scenario, that lies that have been told for years and secrets left unspoken begin to come to light. The scenery evokes the prairie life, and the characters are people it becomes easy to sympathize with. The pleasures of hard work and simple recreations enhance the filmā(TM)s easy pace. Not a lot happens, but what does happen is significant. This was a good story about good people making hard choices.
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