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Country Strong Reviews

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Terry Staunton
Radio Times
March 24, 2011
Writer/director Shana Feste is clearly indebted to the Oscar-winning Crazy Heart and Robert Altman's epic Nashville, but the script all too often stumbles into mediocre soap-opera territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
March 23, 2011
Disappointing country music drama that fails to hit the required emotional high notes, thanks to a confused, cliché-riddled script, poor direction and an unconvincing performance from a badly miscast Gwyneth Paltrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
March 23, 2011
Paltrow gives it her best but is so conspicuously doing country. We're meant to believe she has spent half her life staring into a vodka bottle, but she glows like she's just stepped out of a yoga retreat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine
March 21, 2011
C&W lovers will lap it up - look out for some stellar Nashville cameos - and there's big-lunged uplift to see you through the cornball plot turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
March 20, 2011
This enjoyably OTT drama-with-songs-in-it was monstered in January by American reviewers, who were maybe expecting a highbrow, subtle and meditative drama in which Gwyneth Paltrow is an alcoholic banjo player.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 17, 2011
Like last year's Crazy Heart, this film traces the journey of a struggling addict country singer. And while the film is somewhat sentimental and simplistic, it features some strong acting that manages to draw us in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Total Film
March 16, 2011
A decade after Duets, a singing Gwyn proves she can still reach the high notes. Shame the melodrama plays strained and unoriginal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
March 9, 2011
With so many storylines battling for supremacy, Country Strong never conveys who these people are and is often inconsistent in portraying them.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
March 4, 2011
Strong in intent but wobbles under the lights.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brett McCracken
Christianity Today
February 25, 2011
There are real issues here that need to be explored -- the neurosis of fame and its consequent personal and relational stresses -- but Country Strong gives them only surface treatment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeremy Heilman
February 24, 2011
[B]y the time Country Strong ends, it has largely defeated the feel-good buzz from its subplots involving puppy love and charity.
Full Review | Original Score: 54/100
Roger Tennis
February 6, 2011
The downer plot with a predictable ending never rises above television tearjerker movie of the week, but the songs are enough to recommend to fans of this genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 27, 2011
A perplexing blend of threadbare narrative tropes assembled without any imagination or, crucially, any fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
January 20, 2011
Oh, my goodness. It's the first Lifetime Movie Network flick to hit the big screen!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
January 18, 2011
Country Strong weak in the story department.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/4.0
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 14, 2011
The story's shifting perspectives and sympathies (the distinctions between the 'authentic' singer-songwriter and the 'pop' vocalist prove ambiguous) result in a music-centric work that feels more honest (while being less entertaining) than 'Crazy Heart.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
January 14, 2011
Shana Feste's screenplay seldom rises above the level of daytime TV; the only actor who triumphs over her trite dialogue is Tim McGraw in a nonsinging role as Paltrow's husband and manager.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 14, 2011
If Feste actually believes that this show is country nirvana, she has no business making a country movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
January 14, 2011
Hedlund's got a hell of a voice, rotgut-ragged, and whether he's crooning or wooing, whatever he's selling, and no matter how cornpone, I'm buying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 13, 2011
A fairly turgid new drama that is anything but subtle, anything but surprising, but somehow it's truthful and honest, and the characters get under your skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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