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Come Early Morning (2006)

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83

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 8

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

91

Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 2

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

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 4,643

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A Southern beauty whose habit of waking up in strange beds with head-ringing hangovers is beginning to wear thin determines to uncover her secret shrouded family past in hopes of discovering the truth about the woman she has become in the feature filmmaking debut of actor-turned-director Joey Lauren Adams. Lucy (Ashley Judd) is a small town thirtysomething who seems to have fallen into a downward spiral of alcohol-fueled benders and spontaneous one-night stands. In order to begin the

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Drama, Romance

Mar 20, 2007

$50.2k

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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (8) | DVD (1)

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.

November 22, 2006
New York Observer
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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.

November 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The baby-voiced costar of Chasing Amy proves an effortless filmmaker, turning Lucy's journey into the awakening of a soul.

November 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

November 13, 2006
New York Times
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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.

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Beautifully photographed by Tim Orr, Come Early Morning is the kind of small gem that's becoming increasingly rare in American films.

November 10, 2006
New York Post
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Judd surely deserves the lion's share of kudos for the movie's success...

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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custom made for Judd; she's brilliant

January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

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.

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

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.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Overall, the film lacks energy and the plot has no driving force.

January 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

The best thing about Adams' film is its unhurried, casual naturalism.

January 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

The writing and directing by Joey Lauren Adams express an admirable naturalness and eschews rose-tinted solutions.

December 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

...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.

December 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Subdued and deliberate, but also sensitive and quietly moving. And it gives Judd a chance to shine as a real actress again.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

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.

November 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

It's a Southern story, but not cloying in the way that many Hollywood versions of the rustic South are.

November 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

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.

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Come Early Morning

"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.
July 21, 2012
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Walter M.

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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.
June 17, 2013
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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.
November 2, 2010
streamofconsciousness

Super Reviewer

"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.
May 11, 2009
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