Country Strong

Country Strong

A talented young male country singer is taken under wing by a seasoned older country star after the two have an affair while she's in rehab, but life on the road grows complex when his ex-girlfriend also joins the tour. 1.9 out of 5 based on 14 reviews
Country Strong

Omniscore:

Certificate 12A
Genre Drama
Director Shana Feste
Cast Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Childs, Lari White, Leighton Meester, Marshall Chapman, Tim McGraw Garrett Hedlund
Studio Sony Pictures
Release Date March 2011
Running Time 117 mins
 

A talented young male country singer is taken under wing by a seasoned older country star after the two have an affair while she's in rehab, but life on the road grows complex when his ex-girlfriend also joins the tour.

Reviews

Variety

Justin Chang

A tabloid-torn backstage soap opera is rendered with considerable empathy and emotional complexity in "Country Strong." Though conceived as a singing-acting showcase for Gwyneth Paltrow, tracing the downward spiral of a Nashville superstar who's lately produced fewer hits than headlines, this second feature from "The Greatest" writer-director Shana Feste is that rare ensemble piece in which all four principals are not only compellingly drawn but handled with an astute sense of dramatic balance. Buoyed by an expectedly fine soundtrack

21/12/2010

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The Los Angeles Times

Betsy Sharkey

What helps elevate "Country Strong" when the music stops is the strength of the performances.

22/12/2010

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Total Film

Total Film

Trouble is, the concert performances are the most exciting things on screen. The rest of the film is devoted to clunky discussions of feelings

15/03/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

The movie has its moments, but the characters are fuzzy around the edges.

27/03/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

The kindest thing that can be said for Shana Feste’s film is that it fails quite endearingly.

24/03/2011

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

I hated, loved, hated the movie. In that order. The start and end are awful; the middle so daft you want to hug it.

24/03/2011

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

The good news is that Paltrow can sing; the bad news is the mawkish and one-paced drama she's playing in.

25/03/2011

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The New York Times

Manohla Dargis

The corn is as high as a mechanical bull’s eye in “Country Strong,” a runny-mascara melodrama about a country-western superstar warbling, weeping and wailing her way back from another stint in rehab to the glare of the stage.

06/01/2011

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

This is a cheesy soap opera that dearly wants to be a country and western All About Eve. The songs aren’t too bad; the dialogue is.

27/03/2011

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

Weak.

27/03/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

...mindblowingly mawkish and self-indulgent country-music movie. Watching it is like drinking a mix of Texan corn syrup and Dolly Parton hair toner.

24/03/2011

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Time Out

Cath Clarke

Paltrow gives it her best but is so conspicuously doing country. We’re meant to believe she has spent half her life staring into a vodka bottle, but she glows like she’s just stepped out of a yoga retreat. The actors sing for real: cheesy-as-hell songs which give the whole thing a whiff of vanity.

24/03/2011

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The Times

Wendy Ide

Soapy, sentimental and as corny as country music at its most saccharine and lachrymose, this movie is a bit like Crazy Heart with all the interesting, rough edges smoothed over.

25/03/2011

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The Sunday Times

Jonathan Dean

Paltrow is good at crying, but, frankly, a home movie with Chris would have made for a better musical.

27/03/2011

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