Coal Miner's Daughter
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

Loretta Lynn was one of the first female superstars in country music and remains a defining presence within the genre; with her strong, clear, hard-country voice and tough, no-nonsense songs about husbands who cheat and wives who… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 7, 1980
DVD Release Date: May 6, 2003
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Variety Staff

A thoughtful, endearing film charting the life of singer Loretta Lynn from the depths of poverty in rural Kentucky to her eventual rise to the title of 'queen of country music'.

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Loretta Lynn's tough but heartwarming biopic.

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A rousing musical biopic that is a cut above its peers.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Highly conventional stuff, but lovingly constructed to produce unremarkable but heart-warming entertainment.

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Emanuel Levy

Though a classic rags to riches saga, this biopic of Loretta Lynn doesn't fall victim to cliches, and benefits immensely from the astonishingly authentic turn from Sissy Spacek, who does her own singing; even real-life singer Lynn liked the picture

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

This uplifting drama, based on Loretta Lynn's autobiography, shows how her marriage kept changing to accommodate her career as the First Lady of country music.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie isn't great art, but it has been made with great taste and style; it's more intelligent and observant than movie biographies of singing stars used to be.

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Superior biopic with an unforgettable performance by Sissy Spacek

Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

In a time before the TV music channels made star biographies into such a formulaic joke, Coal Miner's Daughter was the real deal.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Jason Owens
My aunt and cousin were watching "The Coal Miner's Daughter" and I wasn't really wanting to watch it. There wasn't anything else to do,… More
Cindy I
I think Sissy Spacek was channeling Loretta Lynn somehow. Fantastic performance, especially since Sissy did all her own singing, 25 years before Jamie Foxx and… More
Red Lats
Movie's OK. I would probably rate it higher if I could stand country music.
Cameron Johnson
I thought this was the crazy religious nut's sheltered and dangerously telepathic daughter, but okay, whatever, I guess I'll run with it. Even over… More
jay nixon
sissy and tommy lee are both very very good but the film could have used a little editing.
Jason Vargo
Buoyed by a stellar performance from Sissy Spacek, Coal Miner's Daughter does exactly what it sets out to do: tell the story of country music superstar… More