Variety - 11/29/2009
"Jeff Bridges is the whole show here as a cowboy-style crooner who wrestles with his demons in ways that easily engage an audiences' sympathies."
Hollywood Reporter - 11/29/2009
"Bridges more than delivers the goods for Oscar eligibility. He is the mesmerizing, dangerous, unpredictable heart of CRAZY HEART."
Box Office - 12/01/2009 4 stars out of 5 -- "A richly-realized, deeply-heartfelt character study in the vein of TENDER MERCIES and BOUND FOR GLORY....[A] sterling directing debut by actor Scott Cooper..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/18/2009
"Bridges' guileless performance makes this piquant little indie tale of country music, redemption, and the love of a pretty younger woman such a sad-song charmer." -- Grade: B+
Rolling Stone - 12/24/2009 3 stars out of 4 -- "Cooper, an actor himself, shows a keen eye for authentic detail and an instinct for bringing out the best in the cast. Maggie Gyllenhaal is funny, touching and vital..."
USA Today - 12/16/2009 3 stars out of 4 -- "[The film is] raised by the heartfelt and raw portrayal that Bridges makes look effortless. And he can sing, too."
Los Angeles Times - 12/11/2009
"Cooper, himself an actor and musician with an eye for authenticity, has given Bridges the opportunity to deliver an all-out performance....It's Bridges' gift to make it seem honest and real."
Wall Street Journal - 12/16/2009
"CRAZY HEART is blessed with so many marvelous moments, lovely lines and vivid characters that it's hard to know where to begin..."
New York Times - 12/16/2009
"[A] small movie perfectly scaled to the big performance at its center....You hear songs by Townes van Zandt and Waylon Jennings, and you may also think of Willie Nelson and some others."
A.V. Club - 12/14/2009
"Bridges' humane, deeply empathetic lead performance makes it easy to root for one man's redemption." -- Grade: B+
Chicago Sun-Times - 12/23/2009 4 stars out of 4 -- "It's a measure of Bridges, Duvall, Gyllenhaal and Harper that they create completely different characters."
Movieline - 12/16/2009
"A quiet, conventional film with a surprisingly firm grip, writer/director Scott Cobb's CRAZY HEART will choke you up the same way it kept you hanging in over its shaggy, two-hour shuffle: effortlessly."
Total Film - 01/26/2010 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] poignant portrait of a washed up country singer....It's Bridges himself who makes this straightforward amble down the rocky road to redemption one worth taking..."
Empire - 02/12/2010 4 stars out of 5 -- "[P]layed with a strength of feeling....It is deceptively affecting; a classic both in form and quality -- this year's THE WRESTLER."
Sight and Sound Critic - 03/01/2010
"CRAZY HEART's energies and its real interest are centred in its superb depiction of a musician's life on the road, right down to the high-calibre country songs..."
Premiere - 04/20/2010 3 stars out of 4 -- "The songs are catchy, and there's also a sense of realism and believability throughout..."
Jeff Bridges stars in this drama based on Thomas Cobb's first novel about an alcoholic country singer. The musician's career is going downhill as he watches his protégé's star ascend, but his encounters with a journalist (THE DARK KNIGHT's Maggie Gyllenhaal) might just keep him from hitting rock bottom. Oscar winner Robert Duvall costars and serves as one of the film's producers.
Based On A Novel |
Country Music |
Country Music |
Country Singers |
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