• Released
  • December 22, 2010
  • (Limited 12/22, Wide 1/7/11)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 52 min
  • Drama
    Romance
Country Strong Synopsis
A rising country-music songwriter (Hedlund) sparks a romance with a fallen star (Paltrow).
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Movieline

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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63

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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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Country Strong feels powerfully familiar.
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60

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...
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58

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...
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50

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...
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50

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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30

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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30

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...
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This lame-ass chick-flick sampling of "Crazy Heart" is more like country Kryptonite.
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An Inspiring and Heartwrenchingly Tragic Film.

By meganmansyn
This movie is probably not what you'll be expecting. It touches on some very dark subjects and is overflowing with emotion. I brought some skeptical guy friends along with me and one was crying right...

go see it....

By Truehunting
great story, solid cast, really great soundtrack....sad, but very well done...

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By bdlebo
Amazing sums it up! Gwyneth Paltrow is my new favorite singer and Tim McGraw is my new favorie actor. Loved it...It's a must see!...

Great entertainment

By JLBandRMB
I really enjoyed this movie. And, that is someone who has seen True Grit (A), The King's Speech (A+++), and this movie in the last couple of months. Paltrow and Hedlund stole the show for me. But,...

I say go for the enjoyment of watching Hedlund and Paltrow only....

By lovestalentmoviefan
...but honestly,as a film to spend your money on,this just doesn't cut it. I felt like I kept waiting for the movie to really start. Did not feel invested,until after 3 quarters into the movie. To...

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By srwalsh
Great story line, fabulous acting but a little slow. Not for younger children..I give it an overall B+...

Not what I expected -- spoiler

By laingram
I thought film had some great acting and singing in it, but it wasn't what I expected. I wasn't sure what the movie would be like based on the trailer. It isn't as happy-go-lucky as it seems. It...

Trainwreck in slow motiion

By teacupmama
I believe CS is like a train wreck..You know what is going to happen but you keep watching. That said I think Paltrow did a decent job but Tim Mcgraw should stick to his day job. I think he is...

great country movie

By woggie777
This can deal with slot of current issues people dont want to bring out... Thought provoking. Must see... Loved it....

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By Lindasue1956
I have seen this movie 2 times since it has been released on Friday and today is Sunday. I can not remember when a movie touched my soul like this one did. For any woman looking for unconditional...

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Rated PG-13 | For Thematic elements involving alcohol abuse and some sexual content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 14 & under Well-acted drama deals with alcohol abuse and more.
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