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Crazy Heart (2009)


Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 200
Fresh: 182
Rotten: 18

Critics Consensus: Thanks to a captivating performance from Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart transcends its overly familiar origins and finds new meaning in an old story.

Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 41
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: Thanks to a captivating performance from Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart transcends its overly familiar origins and finds new meaning in an old story.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 123,587




Movie Info

Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can't help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. As he struggles down the road of redemption, Bad learns the hard way just how tough life can be on one man's crazy heart.

R (for language and brief sexuality)
Drama , Romance , Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By:
Scott Cooper
In Theaters:
Apr 20, 2010
Box Office:
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Crazy Heart

All Critics (200) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (182) | Rotten (18) | DVD (8)

Crazy Heart feels familiar, even comforting, offering few surprises but a wealth of lovingly crafted, immaculately judged, wholly authentic emotion.

Full Review… | February 19, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Cooper lets you experience Blake's gradual reawakening right along with him, and Bridges' superb performance -- not the slight plot -- carries the weight.

Full Review… | January 27, 2010
Miami Herald
Top Critic

This performance reminds us that Bridges is that rare actor who has never had to make that apology. Crazy Heart lets him be every bit as grand as we'd hope him to be.

Full Review… | January 27, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The movie belongs entirely to Bridges, who won the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama. His inimitable Jeff-isms have never been more endearing - the sloppy gait, the whiskey glass balanced on his chest, his general air of discombobulation.

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
Top Critic

Crazy Heart is a familiar tune, but the harmonies reverberate.

Full Review… | January 20, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

When a movie offers you a couple of hours with a drunk, he better be a charmer. And even then, it's a gamble; we've all known charming drunks, but a little can go a long way. Fortunately for Crazy Heart, it has Jeff Bridges, who brings enough charm and ve

Full Review… | January 15, 2010
Top Critic

With great performances from Bridges and Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart is a winner and a must-see.

Full Review… | October 30, 2012
Big Hollywood

Basically a live-action version of the cliche country-western song with a man down on his luck and losing everything in his life, it comes close to being a joke about itself.

Full Review… | July 22, 2012
7M Pictures

Bridges' worn down country singer is as well realized as any character he's ever done. It may take a while to get going, and to develop, and to wrap up, but there's enough meat to make Crazy Heart worthwhile, even if it is made to last a while.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011

Played by a gracefully aging Jeff Bridges, Bad is an older, greasier and groggier version of The Dude

Full Review… | January 31, 2011

Cooper is so afraid of being bold and baring some soul, he achieves little more than the anachronistic, cookie-cutter blues that his lead character spent a lifetime trying to avoid.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010

Barry Markowitz's camerawork at times captures the hazy heat of the American southwest, giving it a sepia-toned warmth, while this grainy wash gives Blake's late-night bender scenes a green-about-the-gills feel.

July 4, 2010

Formidable acting talent aside, this is routine self-destruction-and-recovery TV movie material.

Full Review… | May 16, 2010

Don't expect greatness from the man named Bad

Full Review… | May 2, 2010
Movie Habit

Jeff Bridges finally won his Oscar for Crazy Heart and it was well-earned indeed.

Full Review… | April 26, 2010

A solid (if unremarkable) script presented in a straightforward, restrained manner but enlivened by naturalistic, honest acting, Crazy Heart is more than the sum of its parts.

Full Review… | April 24, 2010
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

It isn't perfect and it isn't wholly original in terms of narrative, but the film has a warm heart and a depth of performance that makes it deserving of recommendation.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Fan The Fire

If not for the performance of Jeff Bridges, this tedious flick wouldn't be nearly as involving.

Full Review… | April 2, 2010
Cinema Sight

The simple story of a Merle Haggard-type has been who falls in love with a younger reporter is aided greatly by excellent songs and dazzling performances by Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell.

Full Review… | March 31, 2010
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Bridges raises the bar (har-har) for being shafaced onscreen, stumbling and vomiting his way to the stage in podunk clubs..."

Full Review… | March 19, 2010
Philadelphia Weekly aggressively uneven piece of work that would hardly be worth mentioning were it not for the efforts of Bridges and his stellar cast mates...

Full Review… | March 14, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

[Bridges] fully inhabits Blake, slowly revealing the bone-weariness of this singer's extended road trips and even more extended drinking binges.

Full Review… | March 12, 2010
Salt Lake Tribune

As he comes to face consequences of this recklessness, Bad sees that his badness - his success and also the limits on it - are also shaped by the business he's in.

Full Review… | March 11, 2010

Tem a sorte de trazer um Jeff Bridges mais do que inspirado em seu centro -- caso contrário, poderia perfeitamente ter se tornado uma produção mais apropriada para a televisão.

Full Review… | March 5, 2010
Cinema em Cena

If you're not fond of country music (I'm not), then Crazy Heart may sound like the kind of cracker-barrel movie you should avoid. Bridges will change your mind.

Full Review… | March 5, 2010

If you adore country music and have actually been in a band, you'll love Crazy Heart. Despite Bridges' brilliance, non-aficionados might find it underwhelming.

Full Review… | March 5, 2010
Birmingham Post

Audience Reviews for Crazy Heart


Crazy Heart is a small intimate story you've seen a few times before; the burnt out has been artist drifting in a haze of disillusionment and alcoholism saved by the love of a good woman. But -- NEVER this well executed. This film is consistently honest, touching, heartbreaking, funny and has great original country tunes. Its secret weapon, the most natural, charismatic and apparently effortless actor on the planet - Jeff Bridges.

On a downward spiral is deteriorating, aging former country star Bad Blake (Bridges). During a low rent desperate road trip playing in bowling alleys and dives, Bad finds a much younger single mother journalist (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and they fall in love. Though this happens when Bad's in a drunken stupor, a game changing screw up puts the love of his life in peril. Bad knows he can't keep this relationship going unless he gets sober, with the help of friends like his buddy Robert Duvall and his younger protege Tommy Sweet, who is now a huge star, surprisingly sung and nicely embodied by Colin Farrell.

What amazed me is the palpable chemistry between Gyllenhaal and Bridges which totally won me over. It's hard enough to have good chemistry when the actors are the same age, let alone thirty years apart. Here, I bought it hook line and sinker and more importantly, I cared! It's a tribute to both actors that their love happens in such a quiet, gradual and truthful way.

Young and highly promising writer/director Scott Cooper has written and directed a note perfect chamber film. It may try the patience of some viewers, because the story avoids melodramatic histrionics and big over the top emotions, unfolding very gently. It's very similar to Duvall's Tender Mercies in tone and milieu, and in theme, it's very close to Daren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, though it's more conventional and mainstream than that Mickey Rorke vehicle.

The songs by T Bone Burnett are uniformly excellent, mostly in the vein of traditional country with slightly Freudian lyrics with subject matter that subtly touches on the themes of the film. This has my strongest recommendation, but consider yourself forewarned if you hate country music or were expecting big histrionics, gun play and chase scenes.

Josh Morris
Josh Morris

Super Reviewer

Crazy Heart is a terrific film with some amazing acting on the part of Jeff Bridges. Aside from his role in The Big Lebowski, this is one of his finest hours. With a brilliant story where Bridges plays a washed-up Country Singer, this is a fine film that is near perfect. Bridges is simply phenomenal here, and the rest of the cast are simply wonderful here. The film is entertaining from start to finish. Director Scott Cooper does a wonderful job behind the camera, and with a poignant story, he delivers an unforgettable film that is definitely worth seeing. This is a well done film that I really enjoyed. Jeff Bridges definitely deserved the Oscar and he is a wonderfully talented actor. Crazy Horse has a few weak points about, but for the most part, it succeeds at being an entertaining film that is supported by a great cast, which in turn make it worth seeing. The film has a melancholic feel to it, but towards the end, the story is more uplifting this is a stunning picture that is meant to be treasured. Jeff Bridges is a powerhouse in this film, and he makes Crazy Heart worth watching. His performance alone is the film's greatest asset and it's what makes this film such a treat to watch. If you're in the mood for a great drama film, Crazy Heart is a must see. The performances alone make it worth seeing. Jeff Bridges has made some great films, but with Crazy Heart, he plays a stripped down serious role, and gives it an honest, poignant and heartfelt performance that he won him an Oscar.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer


Filled with great music and an especially terrific performance from Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart is a truly enjoyable watch.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

A decent film about a man getting his life back, but this cliched story won't wow you. Bridges puts on a fine performance, but this movie is clearly Oscar bait rather than a story for general audiences.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

Crazy Heart Quotes

Bad Blake:
I don't know what he looks like. I don't know what he does. I never taught him how to ride a bike or watch him play baseball; none of that.
Jean Craddock:
Why not?
Bad Blake:
I wasn't there... Even when I was.
– Submitted by Ryan K (8 months ago)
Hey, you look like shit man. Oh-ho!
Bad Blake:
Yeah. I know. It's on account of all the toilets I have to play in.
– Submitted by Joakim A (23 months ago)
Bad Blake:
[to Tommy Sweet] Those are the ugliest goddamn boots I've ever seen in my life. Was the salesman threatenin' to shoot your dog?
– Submitted by Joakim A (23 months ago)
Thought you weren't gonna show.
Bad Blake:
Son, I played sick, drunk, divorced and on the run. Bad Blake hasn't missed a goddamn show in his whole fucking life!
– Submitted by Joakim A (23 months ago)
Bad Blake:
Yeah fuck you, good bye!
– Submitted by Brendan C (23 months ago)
Bad Blake:
Wayne. I want to get sober.
– Submitted by Dean F (3 years ago)

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