Country Strong (2011)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: The cast gives it their all, and Paltrow handles her songs with aplomb, but Country Strong's cliched, disjointed screenplay hits too many bum notes.


Movie Info

Soon after a rising young singer-songwriter (Hedlund) gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star (Paltrow), the pair embarks on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager (McGraw) and featuring a beauty-queen-turned-singer (Meester). Between concerts, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all. -- (C) Columbia

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements involving alcohol abuse and some sexual content)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Shana Feste
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 12, 2011
Box Office: $20.2M
Runtime:
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Cast


as Kelly Canter

as James Canter

as Beau Hutton

as Chiles Stanton

as Hair Stylist

as Travis's Mom

as Teacher

as Travis

as Security Guard

as James' Assistant

as Clint

as Richard's Assistant

as Gossip Show Host

as PR Girl in Classroom

as PR Girl in Classroom

as Stylist

as Interviewee

as Jesse Clark

as Interviewer

as Interviewer

as Interviewer

as Interviewer

as Beau's Bandmate

as Beau's Bandmate

as Beau's Bandmate

as Beau's Bandmate

as Beau's Bandmate

as Beau's Bandmate

as Kelly's Bandmate

as Kelly's Bandmate

as Kelly's Bandmate

as Kelly's Bandmate

as Kelly's Bandmate

as Kelly's Bandmate

as Kelly's Bandmate

as Kelly's Bandmate

as Chiles' Bandmate

as Chiles' Bandmate

as Chiles' Bandmate

as Chiles' Bandmate

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Critic Reviews for Country Strong

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (38)

Paltrow gives it her best but is so conspicuously doing country. We're meant to believe she has spent half her life staring into a vodka bottle, but she glows like she's just stepped out of a yoga retreat.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

A rawer, realer, and far more believable and compelling portrait of a self-destructive country artist's attempt at recovery than CRAZY HEART.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013
TheMovieReport.com

A little like modern country music - odd moments of sincerity, heart and authenticity peek through the plastic, the hype and the manufactured hokum.

Full Review… | January 23, 2013
Movie Nation

This canned corn falls far short of the inspiring story of triumph and tragedy it wants viewers to buy.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
American Profile

Though the plot is almost formulaic, "Country Strong" has two things going for it: talented actors and great music

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
MediaMikes

Not exactly brimming with the essence of country music

Full Review… | August 12, 2011
Movie Habit

Audience Reviews for Country Strong

½

I'm not really into country music, and there's plenty of it here, but I still enjoyed this one. I never really got why people are so nasty about Gwyneth as an actress - I'm not a huge fan, but I have always found her reasonably convincing on screen. Here she's really quite a sad figure as a country singer on a downward spiral - sort of how you can see Britney heading if she doesn't watch out! Leighton Meester is also good as an up and coming young singer. As is Garrett Hedlund - I have never seen him in anything else, but he is good here. The characters are all well written, and though it is almost two hours, it never feels all that long or like it is dragging. (Except maybe in the country singing parts, but on the whole, that is not too bad, and for some, it would probably be a plus!).
There's not a huge story here, and I can't see it appealing to everyone, but I liked it.

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Garrett Hedlund, Leighton Meester, Tim McGraw, Alana Grace, Ed Bruce, Jeffrey Buckner Ford, Jeremy Childs, Marshall Chapman

Director: Shana Feste

Summary: While out on tour to revive her stalled career, once-popular country singer Kelly (Gwyneth Paltrow) falls for emerging newcomer Beau (Garrett Hedlund) and tries desperately to hide their burgeoning romance from her ever-present husband and manager, Ed (Tim McGraw). Written and directed by Shana Feste, this musical drama co-stars Leighton Meester as a former beauty queen trying to break out as a songstress.

My Thoughts: "In all I liked the movie, but the script just felt unfinished. Just not developed very well at all. There were some great moments in the film but it can't make up for the mess the script was. The acting was good by most. Tim McGraw is really surprising me with his acting skills, thought he was good. I still can't bring myself to care much for Gwyneth Paltrow's acting. I did on the other hand enjoy Leighton Meester's acting along with Garrett Hedlund. I thought they were good on screen together and had great chemistry. They both have good singing voices as well. Gwyneth just wasn't convincing for me as a country singer nor as an addict. The film does try to shed light on how troubled your soul can get from having such a demanding career. There were things I liked and things I didn't, but in the end the film wasn't as put together as the trailers made you believe it was. The best thing about the film was the music. So watch it just for that if not anything else."

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Strong cast. I enjoyed the music portions, even though I am not a country music fan. I am, however, a Gwyneth fan. I think that she is a wonderful actress, and adds alot to every role she plays. Garrett Hedlund was amazing..so much so that I found myself googling him. Tim McGraw..well. eh..someone else better could have done his part. But, all in all, a very good film.

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Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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