Country Strong

2011

Country Strong

Critics Consensus

The cast gives it their all, and Paltrow handles her songs with aplomb, but Country Strong's cliched, disjointed screenplay hits too many bum notes.

22%

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Total Count: 132

53%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 32,970
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Movie Info

Soon after a rising young singer-songwriter (Hedlund) gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star (Paltrow), the pair embarks on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager (McGraw) and featuring a beauty-queen-turned-singer (Meester). Between concerts, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all. -- (C) Columbia

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Cast

Gwyneth Paltrow
as Kelly Canter
Tim McGraw
as James Canter
Garrett Hedlund
as Beau Hutton
Leighton Meester
as Chiles Stanton
Lari White
as Hair Stylist
Lisa Stewart Seals
as Travis's Mom
Jackie Welch
as Teacher
Gabe Sipos
as Travis
Reegus Flenory
as Security Guard
Terri Minton
as James' Assistant
Ed Bruce
as Clint
Katie Groshong
as Richard's Assistant
Katie Cook
as Gossip Show Host
Denitia Odigie
as PR Girl in Classroom
Denita Odigie
as PR Girl in Classroom
Jeri Sager
as Stylist
Tina White
as Interviewee
Brett Warren
as Jesse Clark
Holly Watson
as Interviewer
Brad Schmidt
as Interviewer
Brad Schmitt
as Interviewer
Andy Cordan
as Interviewer
Cory Younts
as Beau's Bandmate
Skylar Wilson
as Beau's Bandmate
Josh Graham
as Beau's Bandmate
Chris Scruggs
as Beau's Bandmate
Loney Hutchins
as Beau's Bandmate
Ian Fitchuk
as Beau's Bandmate
Bucky Baxter
as Kelly's Bandmate
John Bohlinger
as Kelly's Bandmate
Neal Casal
as Kelly's Bandmate
Chris Clark
as Kelly's Bandmate
Jim Lauderdale
as Kelly's Bandmate
Doug Frasure
as Kelly's Bandmate
Amanda Shires
as Kelly's Bandmate
John Deaderick
as Kelly's Bandmate
Johnny Gates
as Chiles' Bandmate
Jamie Jarbeau
as Chiles' Bandmate
Matt Scanlon
as Chiles' Bandmate
Michael Ollin Lotten
as Chiles' Bandmate
Smith Curry
as Chiles' Bandmate
Kristen Wilkinson
as String Quartet Member
David Angeli
as String Quartet Member
Gregory Martin
as String Quartet Member
Sara Reist
as String Quartet Member
James Hamlet
as Honky Tonk Band Member
Steve Hinson
as Honky Tonk Band Member
Fred Eltringham
as Studio Band Member
Gary Nicholson
as Studio Band Member
Beau Stapleton
as Studio Band Member
Danny Flowers
as Studio Band Member
Nancy Amons
as Reporter
Jim Taylor
as Reporter
Nick Beres
as Reporter
Kelly Sutton
as Reporter
Shane Tallant
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Country Strong

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (41)

Audience Reviews for Country Strong

  • Dec 11, 2011
    Crazy heart light, here Gwyneth paltrow platying the country star making it back after rehab, shes good in the role, and the story while nothing special takes it along Tim mcgraw is also interesting playing the husband/manager.
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    This film was so borrriiinnnggg. Its long, uninteresting, and nothing happens. The music was nice, but pther than that this is a pretty pathetic film.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 15, 2011
    I'm not really into country music, and there's plenty of it here, but I still enjoyed this one. I never really got why people are so nasty about Gwyneth as an actress - I'm not a huge fan, but I have always found her reasonably convincing on screen. Here she's really quite a sad figure as a country singer on a downward spiral - sort of how you can see Britney heading if she doesn't watch out! Leighton Meester is also good as an up and coming young singer. As is Garrett Hedlund - I have never seen him in anything else, but he is good here. The characters are all well written, and though it is almost two hours, it never feels all that long or like it is dragging. (Except maybe in the country singing parts, but on the whole, that is not too bad, and for some, it would probably be a plus!). There's not a huge story here, and I can't see it appealing to everyone, but I liked it.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2011
    I heard Gweneth Paltrow got drunk everyday while shooting to get into character.Some people call that dedication but I call it stupidity.A VERY long & boring country music flick that feels like it's been done a million times before.An hour & 52 minutes of wasted time
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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