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Pure Country Reviews

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine
May 18, 2016
If it were any cornier or mushier, it would be chowder, but this vehicle for country singer Strait generates a charming sweetness, the music is lively, and both Strait and Glasser are ingratiating new faces.
Elizabeth Lynch
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 18, 2016
This is an enjoyable movie for fans of country music, for whom the rich soundtrack should be a delight. And if they happen to have a crush on George Strait, so much the better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 18, 2016
Strait gives an uncertain performance, full of blatantly rehearsed reactions and stoic delivery. It looks like he's reluctant to participate, and you can hardly blame him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Wooley
Tulsa World
May 18, 2016
You always know that you're being manipulated by Pure Country, and you're usually pretty sure what's going to happen next. Still, chances are fairly good you'll leave the theater smiling when it's over, humming one of the sentimental songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 18, 2016
The director, Christopher Cain, brings not a hint of irony to any of this -- not even to the Vegas finale in which Dusty is supposed to rescue himself from glitz.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 18, 2016
Pure Country is an Elvis movie with a thick country twang.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
May 18, 2016
If Strait weren't so appealing, the movie would be easier to dismiss. Let's hope it does well enough to give him a second shot and that maybe he can find something a little bit less Vegas and a little bit more East Texas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
May 18, 2016
Your opinion of this tale of a troubled country superstar will depend totally on your reaction to George Strait. There's no denying he's handy with a tune, but dialogue proves more difficult for him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune
May 18, 2016
Pure twaddle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
May 18, 2016
Singers often make good actors, but Strait's debut performance doesn't measure up to his heartfelt, down-home warbling. It doesn't matter much: Pure Country is pure corn.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
May 18, 2016
Pure Country doesn't have much real drama in it because it`s only a flip of the coin as to how the story is going to turn out. But Strait and newcomer Glasser make solid impressions.

TV Guide
May 18, 2016
Country superstar George Strait is so laid-back he barely registers onscreen in Pure Country, an unabashedly corny by-the-numbers drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 19, 2011
The romantic subplot between Strait and Glasser's respective characters goes a long way towards perpetuating the movie's affable atmosphere...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joseph McBride
Variety
March 26, 2009
Though this slick-looking paean to down-home values often undercuts its own message, Pure Country is an effective vehicle for amiable country star George Strait.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Too much of it depends on the magnetism of Mr. Strait, who peers into the camera sheepishly and never seems the superstar he is supposed to be.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This is the very definition of the kind of movie where fans of the star will enjoy it more than dispassionate observers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
George Strait plays it right to his name in Pure Country, a pleasant, low-key country-and-western film.
Pamela Bruce
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Country music superstar George Strait makes his acting debut in an extended music video held together by a formulaic plot that harkens back to the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Country-western singing star George Strait makes his film debut with Pure Country, a show-biz love story that's pure corn pone. Not that his fans will mind in the least.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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