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Taking home both the audience prize for Best Director as well as the critics' prize for Best Film, writer-director Hilary Birmingham was the toast of the 2000 L.A. Independent Film Festival with this slice-of-life drama about a pair of motherless young men and their relationships with women. Tully Jr. (Anson Mount) and Earl (Glenn Fitzgerald) live on their father's Nebraska ranch, proud and independent to a fault. While the shy, reclusive Earl spends his free time watching movies, the cockier Tully works his way through a succession of short-term affairs and an off-again, on-again… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie resonates with a rare and genuine sweetness."
‑ Mary Brennan, Seattle Times
"At turns heartbreaking and heart-stirring."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Tully is worth a look for its true-to-life characters, its sensitive acting, its unadorned view of rural life and the subtle direction of first-timer Hilary Birmingham."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"A heartfelt, understated and occasionally heavy-handed slice of heartland."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The film is weighed down by supporting characters who are either too goodly, wise and knowing or downright comically evil."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Flawed but promising."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Best to just pick up a blade of grass and chew on it while absorbing the scenic imagery and natural acting of a strong cast."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (cleveland.com)
"It's a promising debut made even better by an impressive bunch of actors."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"Full of affecting, quiet moments."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Watching Tully reminded me of a time when calling a movie 'little' was a compliment, a way of saying a director had found ways to locate his movie in a world that seemed entirely real."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"An uncommonly perceptive and finely shaded character drama."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"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)..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"It brims with characters, incidents and dialogue that are alternately sharp and lyrical, and sometimes both at the same time."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"A small-town movie in a big-city world."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
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