Crazy Heart Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Leo Robson
Financial Times
February 19, 2010
The film's Texas and New Mexico landscapes are ravishing, and the songs are beautifully performed, but these offer little more than occasional relief from a very obvious tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
January 10, 2010
Mediocre awards-season staple with some good acting
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
December 24, 2009
The film aspires to such low-key minimalism that it leaves no more than a fleeting emotional effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 15, 2009
This is simply a showcase for Jeff Bridges, and a reasonably decent one at that even when the script thrusts Bad down tediously hackneyed roads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kit Bowen
The Movie Kit
December 23, 2009
While it showcases Jeff Bridges' extraordinary talents and delivers a couple of decent country music tunes, Crazy Heart is basically a retread that doesn't leave much of a lasting impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lorien Haynes
Little White Lies
February 19, 2010
It's not possible to flaw Bridges here. Akin to Falstaff, the detail of his characterisation - from stagger to cough to swagger to song - is fascinating. But he needs more thorough contextualisation to fly.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 12, 2010
Crazy Heart finally disappoints because it's so manifestly a character in search of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
December 19, 2009
Another awards season, another tale of middle-age redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 22, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
March 19, 2010
Bridges raises the bar (har-har) for being shafaced onscreen, stumbling and vomiting his way to the stage in podunk clubs..."
Phil Hall
IdentityTheory
December 17, 2009
Often feels like a half-hearted, half-assed remake of Tender Mercies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
December 18, 2009
Charles Bukowski morphs into Dewey Cox in this denunciation of the evils of paralyzing drunkenness.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
December 25, 2009
As predictable as any of the old clichés about country music and men who write it, although that's mainly because Cooper's script ... uses so many of them without delving any deeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 4, 2010
Another minimalist exercise seeking verisimilitude when the real goal should be drama.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
February 19, 2010
Bridges can play this kind of role in his sleep, and at times appears to be doing so. If he wins the Best Actor Oscar for this, it will be as a long-service medal, not a reflection of excellence in a demanding role.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
May 2, 2010
Don't expect greatness from the man named Bad
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
May 16, 2010
Formidable acting talent aside, this is routine self-destruction-and-recovery TV movie material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
October 30, 2012
With great performances from Bridges and Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart is a winner and a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5
Ross Ruediger
Bullz-Eye.com
December 16, 2009
The real star is Bridges, who plays not so much a layered character, but a man whom we instantly identify with and understand and want to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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