Country Strong
Country Strong (2011)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 7, 2011
DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011
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Critic Score: 22% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The cast gives it their all, and Paltrow handles her songs with aplomb, but Country Strong's cliched, disjointed screenplay hits too many bum notes.

Cath Clarke
Time Out

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.

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David Fear
Time Out

The movie isn't worth the scuffed cowgirl boots it's scooting around in.

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Michael Dequina

A rawer, realer, and far more believable and compelling portrait of a self-destructive country artist's attempt at recovery than CRAZY HEART.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

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.

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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine

Unfortunately weak.

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

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

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

If Feste actually believes that this show is country nirvana, she has no business making a country movie.

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Richard Roeper

Catchy tunes, robust performances--but you can see every backstage-melodrama-cliche coming two scenes away.

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Neil Pond
American Profile

This canned corn falls far short of the inspiring story of triumph and tragedy it wants viewers to buy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
I'm not really into country music, and there's plenty of it here, but I still enjoyed this one. I never really got why people are so nasty about… More
KJ Proulx
I have never been a huge fan of country music, but this film completely changed my vision of it. You do not need to like country music to like this film, and I… More
Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Garrett Hedlund, Leighton Meester, Tim McGraw, Alana Grace, Ed Bruce, Jeffrey Buckner Ford, Jeremy Childs, Marshall Chapman Director:… More
Jim Careter
This film was so borrriiinnnggg. Its long, uninteresting, and nothing happens. The music was nice, but pther than that this is a pretty pathetic film.
Cynthia S.
Strong cast. I enjoyed the music portions, even though I am not a country music fan. I am, however, a Gwyneth fan. I think that she is a wonderful actress, and… More
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castaņeda
Beautiful country music and a charming cast are paired with cheesy, poor writing (although quite charming and touching at times). It's a little sad to see… More