Come Early Morning
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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 transformation necessary to help her overcome her self-destructive ways, however, Lucy will have to look deep… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"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."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Judd surely deserves the lion's share of kudos for the movie's success..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"The writing and directing by Joey Lauren Adams express an admirable naturalness and eschews rose-tinted solutions."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"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."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"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."
‑ Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger
"custom made for Judd; she's brilliant"
‑ Don Willmott,
"Overall, the film lacks energy and the plot has no driving force."
‑ Jette Kernion, Cinematical
"...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."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The baby-voiced costar of Chasing Amy proves an effortless filmmaker, turning Lucy's journey into the awakening of a soul."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Beautifully photographed by Tim Orr, Come Early Morning is the kind of small gem that's becoming increasingly rare in American films."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"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."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"The best thing about Adams' film is its unhurried, casual naturalism."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Subdued and deliberate, but also sensitive and quietly moving. And it gives Judd a chance to shine as a real actress again."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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