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Honkytonk Man

Honkytonk Man (1982)

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93

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 1

Clint Eastwood succeeds in revealing his softer side in Honkytonk Man, a surprisingly sweet and heartwarming road movie that hums along at a pleasant pace.

80

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

Clint Eastwood succeeds in revealing his softer side in Honkytonk Man, a surprisingly sweet and heartwarming road movie that hums along at a pleasant pace.

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Movie Info

Clint Eastwood put his tough-guy image on hold for this personal project, which follows a musician taking one final chance at the big time. Red Stovall (Eastwood) is a would-be country singer who has been bouncing around the margins of the music business for years. With nowhere in particular to go, Red arrives at the failing Oklahoma farm of his sister for an extended visit, where her son Whit (Kyle Eastwood) quickly bonds with his uncle. However, it's obvious that Red is in very poor health,

PG,

Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy

Clancy Carlile

Sep 2, 2003

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (1) | DVD (4)

It is a guileless tribute not only to plain values of plain people in Depression America, but also to the sweet spirit of country-and-western music before it got all duded up for the urban cowboys.

October 26, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Eastwood took great pains in telling this story of an aging, struggling country singer...

October 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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The whole thing veers wildly in quality, and no Eastwood-hater should go within a mile of it; but few lovers of American cinema could fail to be moved by a venture conceived so recklessly against the spirit of its times.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This is a sweet, whimsical, low-key movie, a movie that makes you feel good without pressing you too hard.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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The film comes across sympathetically but unconvincingly, as an attempt by a well-established movie tough guy to reveal his tender side.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
New York Times
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Today it looks much better, and contains one of Eastwood's most openhearted performances.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

More of a curiosity piece for followers of Eastwood than a truly compelling story.

October 26, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of the unnoticed treasures of the '80s.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Surprisingly sweet and mellow piece from Mr. Eastwood.

April 17, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

Sweet and heartfelt.

April 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Clint Eastwood's dust bowl drama Honkytonk Man is a sensitive road picture about a mostly luckless aspiring country music singer.

September 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Uneven, indulgent and overlong, but, perversely, it still has a few good moments: the appearance of the some country greats, Eastwood's character trying to sing through his illness, the picturesque scenery.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Audience Reviews for Honkytonk Man

A real gem of a film that's filled with humor and heart, a lot of heart. Clint Eastwood put away his tough guy image for a personal project that delivers in a wonderful way as solid entertainment. Eastwood is absolutely superb, one of best performances, its up there with Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino and Bronco Billy. Clint and his son Kyle Eastwood shine together in this warmhearted adventure. A beautiful masterpiece. Director, and star, Clint crafts a truly remarkable and magnificent movie that will shine as one of his true classics.
November 20, 2012
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A bittersweet character study, it works remarkably well. You even begin to believe Clint Eastwood in the role. The star's son, Kyle Eastwood, makes an impressive film debut.
October 30, 2008
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