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Country Strong

Music . Romance . Drama

Soon after the rising young singer-songwriter Beau Williams gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star Kelly Canter, the pair embark on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager James and featuring a beauty queen-turned-singer Chiles Stanton. Between concerts, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all.

Actors: Leighton Meester , Tim McGraw , Garrett Hedlund , Gwyneth Paltrow
Directors: Shana Feste
Country: USA
Release: 2011-01-07
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  • Michelle Orange

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

    Movieline Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Country Strong is a charmer that makes you forgive all of its false notes simply because the talent plays them with conviction.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    That rare ensemble piece in which all four principals are not only compellingly drawn but handled with an astute sense of dramatic balance.

    Variety Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Hedlund's got a hell of a voice, rotgut-ragged, and whether he's crooning or wooing, whatever he's selling, and no matter how cornpone, I'm buying.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

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

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Country Strong is a throwback, a pure, heartfelt exercise in '50s social melodrama.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Country Strong feels powerfully familiar.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Simond Braund

    C&W lovers will lap it up - look out for some stellar Nashville cameos - and there's big-lunged uplift to see you through the cornball plot turns.

    Empire Full Review
  • 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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • 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.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    In Country Strong, the Oscar-winning Paltrow gets upstaged and outacted by the kid from "Tron" and the snotty brat from "Gossip Girl." Who'd have thought?

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    Shana Feste's screenplay seldom rises above the level of daytime TV; the only actor who triumphs over her trite dialogue is Tim McGraw in a nonsinging role as Paltrow's husband and manager.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Patsy Cline. Loretta Lynn. Gwyneth Paltrow. If you buy that progression, you'll buy Country Strong, an unintentionally campy drama.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Kate Taylor

    Country Strong has a pleasant soundtrack of conservative country music, many of the tunes newly written for the movie, some of them performed by old pros and some of them performed by the cast.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

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

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Though seriously miscast as an unreformed alcoholic, the bronzed Ms. Paltrow gets by with a thin, serviceable voice (she sings her own songs) and an actor's confidence.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • 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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    My God is this script predictable. Each relapse and betrayal shows up announced, and then announced again, a little louder, by the dialogue equivalent of an aggravating doorman.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Country Strong is Feste's second film, and she infuses it with an earnestness that swings between too too much and appealing, the same earnestness that swamped her filmmaker debut last year with "The Greatest."

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Country Strong is the latest and, in many ways, the least impressive entrant in the achy-breaky sweepstakes.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    When she's (Paltrow) singing, she can pass for someone who's been listening to Tammy Wynette since the cradle; when the music stops, she looks like a tourist.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Fear

    Feste's ode to showbiz clichés is closer to contemporary Nashville pop: twangy enough to qualify as Southern-fried, but too slick and disposable to be truly deep.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Several good performances are left adrift, as the characters roam from scene to scene, singing (quite well) as they go. Even as a sort of long-form music video, it's disjointed.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A little like modern country music - odd moments of sincerity, heart and authenticity peek through the plastic, the hype and the manufactured hokum.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Jen Chaney

    Disjointed drama filled with one-dimensional characters and melodrama so Lifetime movie-esque that it careens into unintentional comedy.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Country Strong comes to spontaneous life from time to time, despite maudlin devices and manipulative set pieces.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Karina Longworth

    Country Strong is sillier - and more tone-deaf - than Paltrow's advice website, GOOP.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • 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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Country Strong is a country music melodrama, but I'm not sure which country.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    This lame-ass chick-flick sampling of "Crazy Heart" is more like country Kryptonite.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
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