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Tully Reviews

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Larry Carroll
November 11, 2002
A simple, sometimes maddeningly slow film that has just enough charm and good acting to make it interesting, but is ultimately pulled under by the pacing and lack of creativity within.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
November 14, 2002
The whole movie consists of talk. The characters talk about what used to happen, what's going to happen, what happened while you were looking the other way and listening to people talk.
| Original Score: 2/4
Arthur Lazere
October 31, 2002
It all starts to smack of a Hallmark Hall of Fame, with a few four letter words thrown in that are generally not heard on television.
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
October 29, 2002
The torpid tempo only compounds the self-conscious coyness.
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Jan Stuart
October 31, 2002
A little too pat for its own good.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 1, 2002
A yawn-provoking little farm melodrama.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
November 27, 2002
A very pretty after-school special. It's an effort to watch this movie, but it eventually pays off and is effective if you stick with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pam Grady
November 1, 2002
It's an earnest debut full of heartfelt performances, but is ultimately let down by a story that is all too predictable.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 23, 2003
The film is weighed down by supporting characters who are either too goodly, wise and knowing or downright comically evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 24, 2003
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 8, 2002
Pays close and respectful attention to its characters, allowing them time to develop and deepen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 5, 2002
A wonderful film.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 2, 2003
A small-town movie in a big-city world.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 24, 2003
It brims with characters, incidents and dialogue that are alternately sharp and lyrical, and sometimes both at the same time.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
November 5, 2002
Tully is in many ways the perfect festival film: a calm, self-assured portrait of small town regret, love, duty and friendship that appeals to the storytelling instincts of a slightly more literate filmgoing audience.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 31, 2002
A beautifully acted and emotionally rich film set in Nebraska about the unfolding of love and the damage done to a family by a long-kept secret.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 17, 2002
quietly pulls you into its sun drenched style of American Gothic in the Heartland
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 27, 2003
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)...
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 31, 2002
An impressive debut; it looks and feels like life.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 11, 2002
The believable young people growing on this plot of soil are never predictable; neither are the unmannered, affecting performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Elbert Ventura
February 7, 2003
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Michael Speier
March 26, 2009
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AV Club
November 11, 2002

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November 30, 2002

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 28, 2003
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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