Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 100
    Jeff Bridges is a virtual certainty to win his first Oscar, after four nominations.
  2. Crazy Heart is the real thing, and a real gem.
  3. 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.
  4. 100
    A small movie perfectly scaled to the big performance at its center.
  5. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    100
    On first viewing, Crazy Heart seemed like a pretty good movie with one great performance. After a second time through, it's sneaking up on the title of my favorite film of the year.
  6. Bridges draws us deeply inside Blake’s moment-to-moment heartbreaks. He makes us root for him as we would root for a dear friend. Ultimately, his triumphs become our own.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    90
    It's merely a well-done, adult American movie--that is to say, a rarity.
  8. On a par with Bridges' acting, and a sine qua non for Crazy Heart's success, is the excellent music he sings.
  9. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    Crazy Heart gets to you like a good country song--not because it tells you something new, but because it tells it well. It's the singer, not the song.
  10. Crazy Heart is blessed with so many marvelous moments, lovely lines and vivid characters.
  11. 88
    Can’t possibly deserve your close attention. Yet it does, with distilled honky-tonk poetry and generous good humor. It’s one of the year’s best, most deeply felt films.
  12. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    The music is terrific, as it should be in a movie where T Bone Burnett wrote the songs with Stephen Bruton.
  13. 88
    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.
  14. A simple story about a difficult man, and it's an impressive debut from writer-director Scott Cooper.
  15. 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.
  16. 83
    Crazy Heart could use more rough edges, but while it’s a little too sentimental and tidy, Bridges’ humane, deeply empathetic lead performance makes it easy to root for one man’s redemption.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 135 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 43
  2. Negative: 6 out of 43
  1. Jul 31, 2013
    8
    Jeff Bridges is most deserving of his Oscar for this role. The music works wonderfully to help tell the story of this man, and shows just how powerful a lyric can be. A very moving movie. Full Review »
  2. Jul 13, 2013
    2
    Crazy Heart is a slow, tiresome pile of country trash that falls into a depressing hole by the end. With Maggie Gyllenhaal being a miscast, the characters never connect and the movie becomes drawn out. Full Review »
  3. Apr 28, 2013
    6
    Joshua Rothkopf from Time Out New York so a manufactured kid-in-jeopardy climax and Blake’s rehab stint blow the mood. Until then, this is great American acting."

    I absolutely have the same idea and the same score.
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