• Released
  • December 22, 2010
  • (Limited 12/22, Wide 1/7/11)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 52 min
  • Drama


By Michelle Orange
Country Strong rides pretty high in the saddle, confident in the remarkably realized world Feste has created for her characters.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The glaring weakness of Country Strong is James, underwritten and ambiguous, more like Kelly's pimp than her manager.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Country Strong feels powerfully familiar.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
What saves Country Strong from drowning in its own tears are the leads, all four of whom imbue Feste's unabashedly clichéd script with some genuine humanity.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The film keeps throwing things at you: drunk scenes, adultery scenes, "All About Eve" rise-of-the-young-rival scenes. Yet despite the presence of some appealing actors, none of it quite adds up.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Paltrow makes the part look natural. She's not impersonating an actual singer, so she seems merely like a twangy, alcoholic version of herself. She should be stopped from dancing in enormous arenas, but her thin voice is rather pretty.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
A tough slog through emotional swamplands. It's murky when it needs to be clear. But Hedlund is the big news here.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Country Strong comes to spontaneous life from time to time, despite maudlin devices and manipulative set pieces.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Feste, who has one previous effort as a writer-director, last year's "The Greatest," fails here to do the most basic thing -- give an audience a rooting interest, or any interest at all, in these four troubled people.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This lame-ass chick-flick sampling of "Crazy Heart" is more like country Kryptonite.
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45 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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