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A quiet but moving film anchored by the unexpected depth of Ashley Judd's performance. Read critic reviews

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Lucy (Ashley Judd) works as an Arkansas construction contractor during the day, but nighttime is set aside for boozing and a series of one-night stands. When newcomer Cal (Jeffrey Donovan) arrives in town, Lucy must decide whether to have a serious relationship or continue down a path of wild behavior.

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  • Jun 17, 2013
    Allegedly this is the ultimate art film of the country hillbilly woman. What it reminds us is that some lives are too boring to put on the screen even in the name of art.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2012
    "Come Early Morning" starts with Lucy(Ashley Judd), a building contractor, taking the walk of shame but not so much that she insists on paying for the motel room. In talking to Doll(Candyce Hinkle), she finds out her dad(Scott Wilson) is back in town. Seeing a chance at reconciliation, she accompanies him to the new church he is attending. When that old time religion does not stick, Lucy is back to the old grind at the local honky tonk where she gets into a fight with a fellow patron that Cal(Jeffrey Donovan), who is new in town, helps to break up and then takes a liking to her. Without much of a story to speak of, "Come Early Morning" has to rely on the charms of its rough hewn subjects to engage the audience with the study of a character who is haunted by the past mistakes of her family, leading her to act impulsively, sometimes without the help of alcohol. Wrapping that all up, the movie is perfunctory in its conclusions but thankfully not its resolution. In this case, I would have to say that the country music and the religion add regional flavor instead of acting as stereotypes. Regardless, the movie is helped by a good cast that also includes Diane Ladd, Stacy Keach and Ray McKinnon, of which Ashley Judd fares best in a thoroughly lived in performance.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2010
    This film manages to capture loneliness, pain and despair in a way that felt utterly real. It actually hurt me to watch, but ultimately it was catharctic. A brilliant performance by Judd and gratifiying to see her in role that is worthy of her talent. Written and directed by Joey Lauren Adams, perhaps it takes women writing and directing the roles they wish to see for women, just completely fleshed-out characters which I know I crave to see.
    Laura C Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2009
    "You got no say over your heart, Lucy. And If you think you do, you'd best not let yours roam too far." A good, low-key drama written and directed by Joey Lauren Adams. With some good acting by Ashley Judd, Scott Wilson, Jeffrey Donovan and Laura Prepon.
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