Crazy Heart Reviews

  • 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.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Crazy Heart, written and directed by Scott Cooper, is a small movie perfectly scaled to the big performance at its center.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • A wonderfully easy, confident and muscular performance from Jeff Bridges - so easy, confident and muscular that it doesn't look like acting at all - saves this movie from being pure sentimental mush.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Jeff Bridges' character may be called Bad Blake, but his performance is incredibly good, perhaps the best of his career.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • You've seen Crazy Heart before -- many, many times, actually -- but it doesn't much matter.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • No scene feels obligatory, and Crazy Heart shows a pragmatic but tender understanding of the relationship between physical breakdown and the discovery of morality. It's merely a well-done, adult American movie-that is to say, a rarity.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • Gyllenhaal is charming and makes unexpected choices in her performance, but this is Bridges' show, and he's as Best Actor-worthy as he's ever been.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Is Jeff Bridges the most underappreciated actor of his generation?

    Christopher Kelly — Dallas Morning News

  • If ever a movie demonstrated how country music emerges from private sorrows, this is it. But something can always be done to make a movie better.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Some actors are blessed. Jeff Bridges is one of them.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Jeff Bridges finds the perfect vehicle for his lazy charm and bitter irony in the role of Bad Blake, a washed-up country star trying to climb out of the bottle and put his life back together.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Hand the Oscar to Jeff Bridges right now, and let's be done with it.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • You can see why Bridges signed on for this low-key, low-budget character study. It isn't every day an actor gets the chance to pitch face-forward into the camera, dead drunk.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • It's a bit too easy, a bit too familiar, and maybe even a bit too much fun. But the easy magic Bridges brings to the screen makes it all work.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Jeff Bridges' portrayal of broken-down, liquored-up country singer Bad Blake may be the best of his career, and that's saying something.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Well directed but sketchily written by actor Scott Cooper, the film relies a great deal on the star to flesh out what is only implied. It's a lot of work, but Mr. Bridges is merely miraculous.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Playing a drunken, washed-up music legend reduced to playing small-town bowling alleys, Jeff Bridges is the whole show here as a cowboy-style crooner who wrestles with his demons in ways that easily engage an audience's sympathies.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

  • It's one of the year's best, most deeply felt films.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • This performance reminds us that Bridges is that rare actor who has never had to make that apology. Crazy Heart lets him be every bit as grand as we'd hope him to be.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Some goodwill evaporates in the final reel, when a few false endings lead to a choice that's not the best one for Crazy Heart, but the generosity of Bridge's performance puts us in a forgiving mood.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

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