Country Strong (2010) - Drama, Music

Hohum Score

11

Watchable

A rising country-music songwriter works with a fallen star to work their way to fame, causing romantic complications along the way.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: Shana Feste
Stars: Garrett Hedlund, Gwyneth Paltrow
Length: 117 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 24 out of 121 found boring (19.83%)

One-line Reviews (59)

Surely the music is very good, even if I am not a fan of country music, I still enjoyed it a lot.

However, the beginning is a bit confusing.

Every Cliché a Country Music Movie can Have...

The ending is a work of the expected unexpected.

The movie itself, although it won't break any box office records, is well worth watching especially for C&W fans.

Unfortunately,its clichéd and formulaic screenplay makes it less of an excellent movie.

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.

I read a few reviews and heard it was boring and cliché.

Gwyneth Paltrow delivers a riveting performance that may well be Academy Award material.

I didn't go to this movie expecting something terribly deep, just something entertaining.

This trite piece of prepared frozen food with four card board cut outs on the package is predictable hogwash from the get go.

It was very enjoyable and very emotional in some scenes.

The ending could have had a greater impact, but it is shrouded in confusion due to character underdevelopment and underwhelming story telling.

A Two Hour Cliché .

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.

Like most written and directed works, the movie is too long.

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.

Very solid and enjoyable, and also heart-tugging story about fame, burnout, up-and-coming rivalry, love, fear.

Give it a whirl and ignore the bad reviews because it's definitely worth watching.

It's story, is so very predictable it's not worth watching the whole movie.

That being said however, this script could've been quite good and the film is intriguing at times.

I wouldn't waste the money to see it on the big screen.

Really, really dull and depressing .

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.

The pacing is slow and its a difficult film to watch.

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.

Good cast but a dull, dull execution .

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.

Also,the story is disjointed in the sense that some elements in the plot are far from clear.

You really care about these characters and events of the film really throw you because it's anything but predictable.

It's also pretty predictable.

It was confusing.

Very enjoyable movie .

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.

I really enjoyed it even though it is a sad movie all actors did a great job.

It hits every cliché loud and proud.

I really enjoyed it.

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.

No one in this movie is worth watching, music is trite and downbeat.

It depicts every cliché, and seems more concerned with plot points than characters.

What was entertaining and enjoyable about the movie was the songs and the concert scenes.

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.

Dull story (the tv series "Nashville" was really good, good music and characters) Can't recommend.

Well Worth Watching .

Please, don't waste your money.

A big waste of time.

This is a highly entertaining film that was a pleasure for me to watch, though the story is a painful one at times.

The story moves along quickly and at an enjoyable pace.

One of the worst movies ever made .

It wasn't what I expected at all, but I really enjoyed it and did tear up a couple of times.

Alcoholism is such a boring and clichéd plot device.

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.

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.

As is the case with films dealing with this kind of music, it is rather slow moving.

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.

This is no "Crazy Heart" (so no nominations to be found here), but "Country Strong" is still entertaining enough for me to strongly recommend.

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.

That's how bad this cliché-ridden movie is.