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
No saving grace here.
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 24, 2011
For me it's a no.
Mar 24, 2011
I hated, loved, hated the movie. In that order.
Mar 24, 2011
Even a Paltrow fan (I remain one) would have to concede that her willowy frame and perfect skin do not betray a lifetime of vodka-swilling and throwing up in hillbilly bars.
Mar 24, 2011
As predictable and soulless as an over-produced country power ballad.
Mar 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.
Mar 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.
Mar 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.
Jan 21, 2011
The movie slogs from scene to scene with no urgency, no energy, making 110-minutes feel like a mind-numbing mental marathon the likes of which even championship level Grand Master chess players would find far too taxing.
Jan 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.
Jan 14, 2011
If Feste actually believes that this show is country nirvana, she has no business making a country movie.
Jan 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.
Jan 12, 2011
The movie isn't worth the scuffed cowgirl boots it's scooting around in.
Jan 11, 2011
Unfortunately weak.
Jan 10, 2011
Remember when country music meant something to narrative filmmaking, when a tortured, soulful song put to film could document the doubts and dimensions of an entire generation?
Jan 8, 2011
Catchy tunes, robust performances--but you can see every backstage-melodrama-cliche coming two scenes away.
Jan 7, 2011
If the point of Country Strong was to prove that Gwyneth Paltrow can sing, then mission accomplished. You don't need to sit through this two-hour melodrama to confirm that.