100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Crazy Heart is the real thing, and a real gem.
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100

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Jeff Bridges is a virtual certainty to win his first Oscar, after four nominations.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Crazy Heart is blessed with so many marvelous moments, lovely lines and vivid characters.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The music is terrific, as it should be in a movie where T Bone Burnett wrote the songs with Stephen Bruton.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
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.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Perhaps the idea of watching Jeff Bridges as a drunken, broken-down, down-on-his luck country music singer in Crazy Heart doesn't automatically sound appealing. But think this: "The Wrestler." With good songs.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Even when you know what's coming, Crazy Heart haunts you like a classic country song. It's a mesmerizer. So is Bad Blake. This dude also abides.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Crazy Heart, based on a 1987 novel by Thomas Cobb, also has great music. Even if you're not a country music fan, the songs, by T Bone Burnett and the late Stephen Bruton, are infectious.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Crazy Heart lacks that spark of originality. So what Fox Searchlight has salvaged essentially is a highly watchable performance by Bridges, one of many he has furnished throughout a long career.
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83 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.