Tender Mercies
Tender Mercies (1983)

Mac Sledge (Robert Duvall), a once-famous country western singer, wakes up broke, alone and hung over in a tiny Texas motel run by widowed Rosa Lee (Tess Harper). Having nowhere else to go, Sledge takes a job at the motel, and through the… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 4, 1983
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An anti-Hollywood drama that glitters in its subdued form because it's a real gem.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Like a quiet child whose primary virtue is that he doesn't make any waves, Tender Mercies is so muted and obedient that it's hard in good conscience to praise it.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Little gem of a film complements Duvall's later film "The Apostle"

Emanuel Levy

Aussie director Beresford makes an impressive American debut with this rural Texas based saga of the recovery and redemption of an alcoholic and abusive country singer, splendidly played by Robert Duvall in an Oscar-winning performance.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Earthy Duvall vehicle, wonderful character study

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Remarkable film about a country western singer, a widow, and her son who try to expel the shadows of the past in order to become strong in the broken places of their lives.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

I found myself filled with disquieting wishes for something to happen to break the silence.

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Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

Duvall won an Oscar for this one, and it's still a moving and fascinating flick.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Devon Bott
Robert Duvall delivers a great, oscar-winning performance in a film that is actually worthy of it (as opposed to "The Great Santini"). Hell, even the… More
Richard Franzen
Robert Duvall is brilliant here. This might be Duvall's best performance of his stellar career. Great direction and screenplay in what I found to be an… More
John Ballantine
This Duvall piece influenced a lot of similar films in the future. A lot has been mined out of the "cowboy has difficulty in the modern world"… More
Stephen Earnest
"Tender Mercies" is a very minimalist effort from director Bruce Beresford, who moves the film along at a calm and unhurried pace. As well, Robert… More