Country Strong

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Released 2010

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Director:
Keely Christian
Released:
2010
Rating:
PG-13
A drama centered on a rising country-music songwriter (Hedlund) who sparks with a fallen star (Paltrow). Together, they mount his ascent and her comeback, which leads to romantic complications involving her husband/manager (McGraw) and a beauty queen-turned-singer (Meester).

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  • 70

    Variety Justin Chang

    That rare ensemble piece in which all four principals are not only compellingly drawn but handled with an astute sense of dramatic balance.

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Though seriously miscast as an unreformed alcoholic, the bronzed Ms. Paltrow gets by with a thin, serviceable voice (she sings her own songs) and an actor's confidence.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    Country Strong is Feste's second film, and she infuses it with an earnestness that swings between too too much and appealing, the same earnestness that swamped her filmmaker debut ...

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