Country Strong Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
September 15, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 23, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 9, 2011
This canned corn falls far short of the inspiring story of triumph and tragedy it wants viewers to buy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes
August 16, 2011
Though the plot is almost formulaic, "Country Strong" has two things going for it: talented actors and great music
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
August 12, 2011
Not exactly brimming with the essence of country music
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Some may cynically scoff at Country Strong's rollercoaster of feelings, yet it's almost completely appropriate considering the high drama present in the lyrics of country music.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 15, 2011
...Country Strong's downfall stems from its almost egregiously deliberate pace...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
It's got enough melodrama and full-volume diva-meltdown histrionics to blow a movie like Burlesque out of the water.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Pinkerton
Sight and Sound
March 29, 2011
If McGraw had been armed with a microphone, perhaps the movie could have gained something in symmetry; if Kelly had a grounding in social history, perhaps she could better be believed.
Philip French
Guardian
March 28, 2011
The movie has its moments, but the characters are fuzzy around the edges...
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 25, 2011
Paltrow is a poster girl for the virtues of yoga and a macrobiotic diet - which makes her far too healthy-looking to play the troubled, booze-sodden singer at the heart of [this] sudsy romantic melodrama.
David Sexton
This is London
March 25, 2011
No saving grace here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
March 25, 2011
Some killer tunes plus a genuinely believable turn from Glee star Paltrow make Country Strong a show worth catching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
March 25, 2011
The good news is that Paltrow can sing; the bad news is the mawkish and one-paced drama she's playing in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
March 25, 2011
The backstage shenanigans and tear-stained soap opera are all too predictable in Country Strong but the performances lend it conviction and the soundtrack has enough heart and soul to endear it to true country music fans.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
March 24, 2011
This is a cheesy soap opera that dearly wants to be a country and western All About Eve. The songs aren't too bad; the dialogue is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 24, 2011
For me it's a no.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 24, 2011
I hated, loved, hated the movie. In that order.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
March 24, 2011
Even a Paltrow fan (I remain one) would have to concede that her willowy frame and perfect skin do not betray a lifetime of vodka-swilling and throwing up in hillbilly bars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Goodyer
Little White Lies
March 24, 2011
As predictable and soulless as an over-produced country power ballad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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