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Crazy Heart Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

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 Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 21, 2010
Leo Robson
Financial Times

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 Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 19, 2010
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Mediocre awards-season staple with some good acting

Full Review Source: CinePassion

January 10, 2010
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects

The film aspires to such low-key minimalism that it leaves no more than a fleeting emotional effect.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 24, 2009
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

December 15, 2009
Kit Bowen
The Movie Kit

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 Source: The Movie Kit | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 23, 2009
Lorien Haynes
Little White Lies

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.

February 19, 2010
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Crazy Heart finally disappoints because it's so manifestly a character in search of a movie.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: C

January 12, 2010
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com

Another awards season, another tale of middle-age redemption.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 19, 2009
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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 Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 22, 2012
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

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

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly

March 19, 2010
Phil Hall
IdentityTheory

Often feels like a half-hearted, half-assed remake of Tender Mercies.

Full Review Source: IdentityTheory | Original Score: 2/5

December 17, 2009
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Charles Bukowski morphs into Dewey Cox in this denunciation of the evils of paralyzing drunkenness.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 6/10

December 18, 2009
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

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 Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 25, 2009
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Another minimalist exercise seeking verisimilitude when the real goal should be drama.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews

January 4, 2010
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

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 Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

February 19, 2010
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Don't expect greatness from the man named Bad

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 2/4

May 2, 2010
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

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

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2/4

May 16, 2010
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

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

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 5.0/5

October 30, 2012
Ross Ruediger
Bullz-Eye.com

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 Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 16, 2009
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