Country Strong

2011-04-21 14:02
What it's about:

Soon after a rising young singer-songwriter (Hedlund) gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star (Paltrow), the pair embarks on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager (McGraw) and featuring a beauty-queen-turned-singer (Meester). Between concerts, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all.

What the critics thought:

"Country Strong is dead on arrival."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"Country Strong is a little like modern country music - odd moments of sincerity, heart and authenticity peek through the plastic, the hype and the manufactured hokum."
- Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

"Themes and cliches plucked from countless country lyrics fuel a thoroughly unconvincing show business story about a larger-than-life, crash-and-burn star and her unruly entourage of self-serving personalities."
- Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

Gwyneth Paltrow is hopelessly miscast in a country and western drama that lays on the emotional distress a bit thick.

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