Tully Reviews

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May 21, 2018
As a portrayal of postpartum depression, Tully is a success-simplistic at times, but an admirable gut-punch nonetheless.
May 10, 2018
The emotions Tully surfaces aren't comforting, and they have less to do with the actual realities of motherhood than with the idea of motherhood as something that leaves you forever changed and cut off from your younger self.
May 9, 2018
It's a slight story enlarged to universal dimensions by the sharpness of Cody's dialogue and the acuteness of her insights into the domestic pile-up that constitutes Marlo's day.
May 8, 2018
For those with an appetite for an early-summer movie with heart, but no costumes, "Tully" will take care of them, too.
Top Critic
May 7, 2018
Tully fails on every level except one: Charlize Theron wakes it from its lethargy, takes it by the jugular, and squeezes until it yells.
May 7, 2018
Tully is a walking film script, and the best thing that can be said about the film is that a group of very talented actors works very hard to make its contrivances pass as plausible.
May 4, 2018
In "Tully," the cynicism about the supposed undiluted joys of motherhood rings true, or at least truer than in movies that don't admit such a station in life can be less than paradise.
May 4, 2018
The sad fact, however, is that, as Tully proceeds, it tumbles into clunkiness, and there's a desperate unsubtlety to the improvement in Marlo's lot.
May 4, 2018
The act of tending an infant is handled with some of the grimmest humor this side of Eraserhead.
May 4, 2018
Cody's writing has never been better.
May 4, 2018
I don't think it's a stretch to propose a Charlize Theron Day. The actor has been so good, for so long, that she deserves at least 24 hours' worth of recognition.
May 4, 2018
Theron and Davis are magic together, with Davis projecting a warmth that rounds out Theron's character's harsher edges. They're a dynamite team.
May 4, 2018
Suffice to say this is a take on the realities of motherhood that dares to go where few mainstream films have gone.
May 3, 2018
A film that's full of surprises, the greatest being how it understands, absorbs and expresses the mind-dulling, soul-stirring ecstasy of parenting.
Top Critic
May 3, 2018
What saves the movie from unbearable smugness is the lovely duet of Theron and Davis playing their deepening partnership without either posturing or a disclaiming wink at the audience.
May 3, 2018
It's one of the more viscerally accurate portraits of parenthood, and specifically motherhood, that the movies have recently given us.
May 3, 2018
[The] deceptively simple story takes on a range of unpredictable moods and shadings: wryly funny, claustrophobic, emotionally shattering. It's never quite clear where Tully is heading until, in a revelatory moment, it gets there.
May 3, 2018
An emotionally deep yet concise rumination on the nature of modern motherhood, on the inherently false premise of doing it all, of having it all and making it look good.
May 3, 2018
Mr. Reitman has recaptured the delicate directorial touch he misplaced after Young Adult, while Ms. Cody's multi-edged sword of a script sends its characters down the damnedest surprising paths.
May 3, 2018
Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody whip up the great existential-crisis Mother's Day movie. It's funny, touching and vital.
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