Rated R · 112 minutes · 2010

Drama, Romance
Jeff Bridges does the sit-up-and-beg-for-an-Oscar routine in his role as an aging, alcoholic country music has-been. But he does it well, and he deserves his Oscar win. Maggie Gyllenhaal is also surprisingly good as the woman who is young enough to be his third mail-order bride. She plays Jean Craddock, a small-town reporter who, shockingly, dreams of bigger things. Together, they enact one of the most standard stories in the Hollywood plot heap. Still, they do a good job, helped immensely by T-Bone Burnett’s sly soundtrack and some nice supporting work from Colin Farrell (yes, Colin Farrell!) and Robert Duvall (who probably spends the whole movie thinking, “Didn’t I already make Tender Mercies, like, 25 years ago?”). So, while Crazy Heart is a collection of clichés, the clichés are given new life and some new interpretations in this first-time effort from director Scott Cooper. I can’t say this is a great film, but if you go in expecting nothing more than a genre film, you’ll find a well-executed one.

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Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/crazyheart
Director: Scott Cooper
Producer: Judy Cairo, Rob Carliner, Robert Duvall, T Bone Burnett, Jeff Bridges, Michael Simpson, Eric Brenner and Leslie Belzberg
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall, Tom Bower, Colin Farrell, James Keane, William Marquez, Ryan Bingham, Paul Herman, Rick Dial and Jack Nation


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Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Crazy Heart, Dear John, From Paris with Love and more. 02/04/2010
Memphis Flyer Honky Tonkin' Crazy Heart: undersized; Jeff Bridges: fantastic. by Greg Akers 01/28/2010
Portland Mercury Same Old Song Crazy Heart is Jeff Bridges at his best (and most familiar). by Ezra Ace Caraeff 01/14/2010
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Indy Week Will Crazy Heart be Jeff Bridges' Oscar moment? While Crazy Heart is the cinematic equivalent of a country-standard cover band, Bridges' terrific solo act is the showstopper. by Neil Morris 02/03/2010
Charleston City Paper Crazy Heart marks the dawn of 'gericool' Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) has seen better days. He's packing some meat around the middle, and the cowboy hat and coffee-tinted Waylon Jennings shades that once signified outlaw cool now hide the reality of too many whiskeys before noon. Centered around this has-been country crooner, Crazy Heart channels a notable genre of American films about that tragic, potent place where troubled musicians long for better days, or a shot at the enchanted spotlight of fame. From Georgia to Tender Mercies, these films unfold with a quiet artistry that captures the sadness of dreams dying hard. by Felicia Feaster 02/03/2010
Colorado Springs Independent Comfortable country Expand the story in your average old-fashioned country song to feature-film length, and it would look a lot like Crazy Heart, writer-director Scott Cooper's debut about drinkin', lovin', and livin' too hard. by Tricia Olszewski 02/04/2010
The Coast Halifax Crazy Heart pulls the strings Director Scott Cooper forms the movie equivalent to country music. by Mark Palermo 01/28/2010

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