“ Starring Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man), Tim McGraw (The Blind Side), Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy) and Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), "Country Strong" succeeds in doing exactly what it sets out to do; that is make a dramatic film about country music that is also entertaining.
“The storyline is really interesting and it is one of those cliché movies where you already know how it's going to end when you've barely started watching.
“ A Two Hour Cliché .
“ Keep in mind though that the movie is a drama so it is slower, and has serious issues going on with a sort of deep life message tied into the story as well, which I liked.
“ It could be the very pretty cast of actors, or it could be the engrossing storyline, or it just might be the music that had me swaying in my seat, whatever it was, I left the movie as a devoted fan.
“ This trite piece of prepared frozen food with four card board cut outs on the package is predictable hogwash from the get go.
“ One of the worst movies ever made .
“ I wouldn't waste the money to see it on the big screen.
“ You really care about these characters and events of the film really throw you because it's anything but predictable.
“ The ending is a work of the expected unexpected.
“ Otherwise, there were enough touching and lightly humorous moments-not to mention compelling musical moments whenever Ms. Paltrow, Ms. Meester, and Mr. Hedlund sang-that made some of the more surprisingly intense moments that occurred very effective.
“ No one in this movie is worth watching, music is trite and downbeat.
“ This is no "Crazy Heart" (so no nominations to be found here), but "Country Strong" is still entertaining enough for me to strongly recommend.
“Also,the story is disjointed in the sense that some elements in the plot are far from clear.
“ It was confusing.
“ As a straight actress Paltrow is as drab as dishwater and putting her up on stage only magnifies this even with the backing of superb musicians and the rabid cheers of sold out arenas to support her.
“ The ending could have had a greater impact, but it is shrouded in confusion due to character underdevelopment and underwhelming story telling.
“The movie itself, although it won't break any box office records, is well worth watching especially for C&W fans.
“ I read a few reviews and heard it was boring and cliché.
“In the case of Country Strong the critics really have done the movie a great disservice and deprived a lot of people of a moving and enjoyable experience.
“ Therefore Gwyneth Paltrow comes off as whiny because why she started drinking is never explained, Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester appear pretentious because they have no history to explain their on-off minor rivalry, and Tim McGraw appears to just be bossy because there's no push for him to make Gwyneth Paltrow's character a more popular star.
“ Very enjoyable movie .
“ Very solid and enjoyable, and also heart-tugging story about fame, burnout, up-and-coming rivalry, love, fear.
“ A big waste of time.
“ It wasn't what I expected at all, but I really enjoyed it and did tear up a couple of times.
“What was entertaining and enjoyable about the movie was the songs and the concert scenes.
“Dull story (the tv series "Nashville" was really good, good music and characters) Can't recommend.
“ That's how bad this cliché-ridden movie is.
“ Well Worth Watching .
“This gripping movie is about a country megastar named Kelly Canter, played by the illustrious Gwyneth Paltrow and her rocky journey through the world of alcoholism.
“ Really, really dull and depressing .
“ Every Cliché a Country Music Movie can Have...
“ This is a highly entertaining film that was a pleasure for me to watch, though the story is a painful one at times.
“ It was a pretty predictable plot and I'm getting a little tired of stories about actors coming our of rehab, but overall it was a very entertaining and enjoyable movie particularly if you like great country music.
“ It's story, is so very predictable it's not worth watching the whole movie.
“ Surely the music is very good, even if I am not a fan of country music, I still enjoyed it a lot.
“That being said however, this script could've been quite good and the film is intriguing at times.
“Alcoholism is such a boring and clichéd plot device.
“ Please, don't waste your money.
“ It depicts every cliché, and seems more concerned with plot points than characters.
“ However, the beginning is a bit confusing.
“ It was very enjoyable and very emotional in some scenes.
“Unfortunately,its clichéd and formulaic screenplay makes it less of an excellent movie.
“ However after eliminating these, Paltrow's patrician mien, limited vocal talents and inability to bring the Courtney Love vibe to the proceedings make for a long slow tour bus ride to misspent promiseville.
“ It hits every cliché loud and proud.
“ As is the case with films dealing with this kind of music, it is rather slow moving.
“ The pacing is slow and its a difficult film to watch.
“ She plays an aging alcoholic Country superstar with as much heart as she can muster, but overall she is sadly uninteresting to watch for most of the film.
“ The supporting cast of McGraw, Hedlund, and Meester is great, but the contrived relationship that soon forms between the two young ones is a bit too far-fetched.
“ I really enjoyed it.
“The story moves along quickly and at an enjoyable pace.
“ Anybody who loved "Walk the Line," "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Nashville," "Sweet Dreams," and "Crazy Heart" will find this 117-minute, PG-13 pseudo biographical drama as musically rewarding as it is psychologically riveting.
“ I didn't go to this movie expecting something terribly deep, just something entertaining.
“ I really enjoyed it even though it is a sad movie all actors did a great job.
“ Gwyneth Paltrow delivers a riveting performance that may well be Academy Award material.
“Like most written and directed works, the movie is too long.