Sep 5, 2020
Unfortunately, Feste's unsteady directorial hand loses control of the film.
Nov 16, 2019
Country Strong is like a dramatic washing machine - the laundry load hasn't had sufficient pre-soak and whites are mixed with colors, resulting in a bleeding into monotone bland.
May 8, 2019
Somewhere deep inside this Gwyneth Paltrow vehicle there is a quality movie with some challenging subject matter. But that promise was glossed over by a film that tries too hard to be nice and not offend its target audience.
Aug 15, 2018
The story is too clunky and overstuffed, and its flaws are even more glaring when spotlighted against stellar country music dramas.
Sep 15, 2013
A rawer, realer, and far more believable and compelling portrait of a self-destructive country artist's attempt at recovery than Crazy Heart.
Jan 23, 2013
A little like modern country music - odd moments of sincerity, heart and authenticity peek through the plastic, the hype and the manufactured hokum.
Sep 9, 2011
This canned corn falls far short of the inspiring story of triumph and tragedy it wants viewers to buy.
Aug 16, 2011
Though the plot is almost formulaic, "Country Strong" has two things going for it: talented actors and great music
Aug 12, 2011
Not exactly brimming with the essence of country music
Jul 14, 2011
Some may cynically scoff at Country Strong's rollercoaster of feelings, yet it's almost completely appropriate considering the high drama present in the lyrics of country music.
Apr 15, 2011
...Country Strong's downfall stems from its almost egregiously deliberate pace...
Apr 4, 2011
It's got enough melodrama and full-volume diva-meltdown histrionics to blow a movie like Burlesque out of the water.
Mar 29, 2011
If McGraw had been armed with a microphone, perhaps the movie could have gained something in symmetry; if Kelly had a grounding in social history, perhaps she could better be believed.
Mar 28, 2011
The movie has its moments, but the characters are fuzzy around the edges...
Mar 25, 2011
Paltrow is a poster girl for the virtues of yoga and a macrobiotic diet - which makes her far too healthy-looking to play the troubled, booze-sodden singer at the heart of [this] sudsy romantic melodrama.
Mar 25, 2011
No saving grace here.
Mar 25, 2011
Some killer tunes plus a genuinely believable turn from Glee star Paltrow make Country Strong a show worth catching.
Mar 25, 2011
The good news is that Paltrow can sing; the bad news is the mawkish and one-paced drama she's playing in.
Mar 25, 2011
The backstage shenanigans and tear-stained soap opera are all too predictable in Country Strong but the performances lend it conviction and the soundtrack has enough heart and soul to endear it to true country music fans.
Mar 24, 2011
This is a cheesy soap opera that dearly wants to be a country and western All About Eve. The songs aren't too bad; the dialogue is.