Honkytonk Man Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 1, 2009
Today it looks much better, and contains one of Eastwood's most openhearted performances.
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TIME Magazine
October 26, 2008
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.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 26, 2008
More of a curiosity piece for followers of Eastwood than a truly compelling story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
October 26, 2008
Eastwood took great pains in telling this story of an aging, struggling country singer...
Rob Gonsalves
April 9, 2007
One of the unnoticed treasures of the '80s.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
Scott Weinberg
April 17, 2005
Surprisingly sweet and mellow piece from Mr. Eastwood.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
This is a sweet, whimsical, low-key movie, a movie that makes you feel good without pressing you too hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
The film comes across sympathetically but unconvincingly, as an attempt by a well-established movie tough guy to reveal his tender side.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 29, 2004
Sweet and heartfelt.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
September 2, 2003
Clint Eastwood's dust bowl drama Honkytonk Man is a sensitive road picture about a mostly luckless aspiring country music singer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

May 24, 2003
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.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
June 27, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 30, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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