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Country Strong Reviews

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Michael Dequina
September 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael A. Smith
August 16, 2011
Though the plot is almost formulaic, "Country Strong" has two things going for it: talented actors and great music
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
March 25, 2011
Some killer tunes plus a genuinely believable turn from Glee star Paltrow make Country Strong a show worth catching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
March 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.
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
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
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
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
Jackie K. Cooper
January 11, 2011
Paltrow and McGraw are good, and so is the music, but Garrett Hedlund is the breakout star!
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Diana Saenger
January 10, 2011
The engaging cast in Country Strong helps us almost forget about Shana Feste's disappointing script and irrational ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
January 7, 2011
Paltrow's got the pipes, but Garrett Hedlund steals Country Strong out from under her.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
January 7, 2011
The film is very depressing and melancholy that you have a hard time finding the entertainment factor. That is until you get the music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 7, 2011
[T]here's solid workmanship and an authentic emotional muscle in this movie. I was startled to find myself overwhelmed, eventually, by its ragged charms and its rough-edged vision of female power and pain...
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
January 7, 2011
Well-acted drama deals with alcohol abuse and more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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