Country Strong Remarkably Weak
Gwyneth Paltrow flick is a series of clichés
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 7, 2011 12:55 PM CST
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(Newser) – Critics make no bones about it: Skip Country Strong. (It's got a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, though audiences are more generous at 50%.) A familiar tale of the struggle with fame, the Gwyneth Paltrow flick is pure schlock, they say:

  • It’s “a runny-mascara melodrama” in which “the corn is as high as a mechanical bull’s eye,” writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times. Paltrow’s character “is a compendium of stereotypes about women forced to choose between career and love (guess which wins), while keeping an eye on the younger competition.”

  • “The cast is sucked dry of any juice by Shana Feste, whose script is laughably inauthentic and whose direction marshals clichés as if they were freshly minted,” notes Peter Travers in Rolling Stone. “The dialogue could sink Streep.”
  • Roger Ebert is more tolerant in the Chicago Sun-Times: “Country Strong is one of the best movies of 1957, and I mean that sincerely as a compliment.” It’s “a throwback, a pure, heartfelt exercise in '50s social melodrama.”

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Jan 7, 2011 4:16 PM CST
Having watched the trailer posted here, I have come to the conclusion that this movie could not suck harder if it had rubber lips.On the other hand, if you like country/western music, beer swilling bleached blondes, and pick up trucks with big tires and rebel flags streaming from them, this may be for you. Anyone but Stevie Wonder can see why it's doing so poorly.
Jan 7, 2011 4:16 PM CST
Paltrow in leather pants - wait for the blue-ray and watch it with the sound off.
Jan 7, 2011 12:58 PM CST
The title implies that people thought it might be good. That offends me.