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Crazy Heart Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
February 19, 2010
Crazy Heart feels familiar, even comforting, offering few surprises but a wealth of lovingly crafted, immaculately judged, wholly authentic emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 27, 2010
Cooper lets you experience Blake's gradual reawakening right along with him, and Bridges' superb performance -- not the slight plot -- carries the weight.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 27, 2010
This performance reminds us that Bridges is that rare actor who has never had to make that apology. Crazy Heart lets him be every bit as grand as we'd hope him to be.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 22, 2010
The movie belongs entirely to Bridges, who won the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama. His inimitable Jeff-isms have never been more endearing - the sloppy gait, the whiskey glass balanced on his chest, his general air of discombobulation.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 20, 2010
Crazy Heart is a familiar tune, but the harmonies reverberate.
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January 15, 2010
When a movie offers you a couple of hours with a drunk, he better be a charmer. And even then, it's a gamble; we've all known charming drunks, but a little can go a long way. Fortunately for Crazy Heart, it has Jeff Bridges, who brings enough charm and ve
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 15, 2010
In a musical genre where emotional authenticity is essential, Bridges is a great enough actor to make us believe these songs could be his own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 15, 2010
It's a bit too easy, a bit too familiar, and maybe even a bit too much fun. But the easy magic Bridges brings to the screen makes it all work.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
January 15, 2010
Some goodwill evaporates in the final reel, when a few false endings lead to a choice that's not the best one for Crazy Heart, but the generosity of Bridge's performance puts us in a forgiving mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 14, 2010
You can see why Bridges signed on for this low-key, low-budget character study. It isn't every day an actor gets the chance to pitch face-forward into the camera, dead drunk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 14, 2010
Hand the Oscar to Jeff Bridges right now, and let's be done with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 8, 2010
Jeff Bridges finds the perfect vehicle for his lazy charm and bitter irony in the role of Bad Blake, a washed-up country star trying to climb out of the bottle and put his life back together.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 7, 2010
First-time writer/director Cooper is a rare talent; he knows how to keep his story fine-boned and small, and to write a truly complex, troubled character who nonetheless enters our hearts.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 7, 2010
You've seen Crazy Heart before -- many, many times, actually -- but it doesn't much matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 25, 2009
Jeff Bridges' portrayal of broken-down, liquored-up country singer Bad Blake may be the best of his career, and that's saying something.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News
December 25, 2009
Is Jeff Bridges the most underappreciated actor of his generation?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 25, 2009
This show belongs to Bridges, who starts off as a magnificent train wreck and then takes a journey with the character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 24, 2009
Some actors are blessed. Jeff Bridges is one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
December 22, 2009
While the film isn't quite the timeless gem Lebowski is, Bridges playing the perennially soused is, once again, spectacularly award-worthy.
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
December 21, 2009
This performance is as good as [Bridges has] ever done.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 18, 2009
Bridges draws us deeply inside Blake's moment-to-moment heartbreaks. He makes us root for him as we would root for a dear friend. Ultimately, his triumphs become our own.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 17, 2009
It's a mark of how fine a performance Bridges gives that it succeeds beautifully even though the besotted, bedeviled country singer has been an overly familiar popular culture staple for forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
December 17, 2009
Crazy Heart could use more rough edges, but while it's a little too sentimental and tidy, Bridges' humane, deeply empathetic lead performance makes it easy to root for one man's redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 17, 2009
On first viewing, Crazy Heart seemed like a pretty good movie with one great performance. After a second time through, it's sneaking up on the title of my favorite film of the year.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 17, 2009
As has so often been the case throughout his career, Bridges becomes the character. He buries himself so thoroughly in the role that there's nothing of the actor remaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 16, 2009
It's one of the year's best, most deeply felt films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 16, 2009
Gyllenhaal is charming and makes unexpected choices in her performance, but this is Bridges' show, and he's as Best Actor-worthy as he's ever been.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 16, 2009
Jeff Bridges' character may be called Bad Blake, but his performance is incredibly good, perhaps the best of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 16, 2009
Crazy Heart, written and directed by Scott Cooper, is a small movie perfectly scaled to the big performance at its center.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 16, 2009
Gyllenhaal and Bridges are marvelous together, playing their characters' cautious affection for each other as an alluring winding path that's actually laden with minefields.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 16, 2009
Well directed but sketchily written by actor Scott Cooper, the film relies a great deal on the star to flesh out what is only implied. It's a lot of work, but Mr. Bridges is merely miraculous.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
December 15, 2009
No scene feels obligatory, and Crazy Heart shows a pragmatic but tender understanding of the relationship between physical breakdown and the discovery of morality. It's merely a well-done, adult American movie-that is to say, a rarity.
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David Germain
Associated Press
December 15, 2009
The songs become anthems inhabited by Bridges, whose Bad Blake may wish his life had turned out differently but is never going to dribble tears in his shot glass so long as he still can find a stage somewhere to belt out a tune.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 11, 2009
It's a juicy, career-crowning role, and Bridges -- a master of subtle brilliance -- plays the hell out of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 9, 2009
Bridges' guileless performance makes this piquant little indie tale of country music, redemption, and the love of a pretty younger woman such a sad-song charmer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Denby
New Yorker
December 7, 2009
If ever a movie demonstrated how country music emerges from private sorrows, this is it. But something can always be done to make a movie better.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
December 4, 2009
Crazy Heart gets to you like a good country song -- not because it tells you something new, but because it tells it well. It's the singer, not the song.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
December 3, 2009
Playing a drunken, washed-up music legend reduced to playing small-town bowling alleys, Jeff Bridges is the whole show here as a cowboy-style crooner who wrestles with his demons in ways that easily engage an audience's sympathies.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 3, 2009
Jeff Bridges is terrific but the movie only ordinary.