Owen Gleiberman
December 27, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Come Early Morning

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
97 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/10/06
performer
Jeffrey Donovan, Ashley Judd, Diane Ladd, Tim Blake Nelson, Laura Prepon
director
Joey Lauren Adams
distributor
Roadside Attractions
author
Joey Lauren Adams
genre
Drama, Romance

We gave it an A-

As Lucy, who likes her Coors Light and her men but slinks away after drunken one-night stands as if she were a man, Ashley Judd (pictured) gives a performance in Come Early Morning that?s a full-on study of pride and pleasure built around a core of distress. That said, the real revelation of this touching and fine-grained character study, set in small-town Arkansas, is the splendid job that Joey Lauren Adams did writing and directing it. The baby-voiced costar of Chasing Amy proves an effortless filmmaker, turning Lucy?s journey into the awakening of a soul.

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