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Soon after a rising young singer-songwriter (Hedlund) gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star (Paltrow), the pair embarks on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager (McGraw) and featuring a beauty-queen-turned-singer (Meester). Between concerts, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all. -- (C) Columbia

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"The movie isn't worth the scuffed cowgirl boots it's scooting around in."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"A rawer, realer, and far more believable and compelling portrait of a self-destructive country artist's attempt at recovery than CRAZY HEART."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Though the plot is almost formulaic, "Country Strong" has two things going for it: talented actors and great music"
‑ Michael A. Smith, MediaMikes
"...Country Strong's downfall stems from its almost egregiously deliberate pace..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Unfortunately weak."
‑ Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine
"A little like modern country music - odd moments of sincerity, heart and authenticity peek through the plastic, the hype and the manufactured hokum."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"Not exactly brimming with the essence of country music"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"It's got enough melodrama and full-volume diva-meltdown histrionics to blow a movie like Burlesque out of the water."
‑ Dave White,
"If Feste actually believes that this show is country nirvana, she has no business making a country movie."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Catchy tunes, robust performances--but you can see every backstage-melodrama-cliche coming two scenes away."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"This canned corn falls far short of the inspiring story of triumph and tragedy it wants viewers to buy."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"Some may cynically scoff at Country Strong's rollercoaster of feelings, yet it's almost completely appropriate considering the high drama present in the lyrics of country music."
‑ Simon Reynolds, Digital Spy
"If McGraw had been armed with a microphone, perhaps the movie could have gained something in symmetry; if Kelly had a grounding in social history, perhaps she could better be believed."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Sight and Sound
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