Crazy Heart

Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32

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Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    A small movie perfectly scaled to the big performance at its center.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 100
    Jeff Bridges is a virtual certainty to win his first Oscar, after four nominations.
  5. Crazy Heart is the real thing, and a real gem.
  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: 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.
  8. 90
    It's merely a well-done, adult American movie--that is to say, a rarity.
  9. Crazy Heart is blessed with so many marvelous moments, lovely lines and vivid characters.
  10. On a par with Bridges' acting, and a sine qua non for Crazy Heart's success, is the excellent music he sings.
  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.
  17. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    Ever-youthful in his looks and energy, Bridges now stands as one of Hollywood's great old pros, incapable of making a false move.
  18. 80
    Bridges performance in Crazy Heart, for my money the finest male performance of the year, reels us right back to understanding why: Instead of dressing up words, he sends them out naked. It's everything he subtracts that matters.
  19. 80
    Robert Duvall, who played a similar character in Bruce Beresford's "Tender Mercies" (1983), turns up in a supporting role.
  20. Reviewed by: Nev Pierce
    80
    A phenomenal, heart-breaking performance from Jeff Bridges powers this simple but affecting redemption story.
  21. 78
    Bridges makes this sozzled and desperate ex-desperado – a cliché by any other name – as fresh and vital as one final shot at cowboy-poet redemption. It may sound crazy, but it's true.
  22. 75
    Even when you know what's coming, Crazy Heart haunts you like a classic country song. It's a mesmerizer. So is Bad Blake. This dude also abides.
  23. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    Crazy Heart, based on a 1987 novel by Thomas Cobb, also has great music. Even if you're not a country music fan, the songs, by T Bone Burnett and the late Stephen Bruton, are infectious.
  24. 75
    Crazy Heart is the country music version of "The Wrestler": a grizzled veteran whose days in the spotlight are behind him struggles to keep going while seeing the world through a haze of regret and booze.
  25. Perhaps the idea of watching Jeff Bridges as a drunken, broken-down, down-on-his luck country music singer in Crazy Heart doesn't automatically sound appealing. But think this: "The Wrestler." With good songs.
  26. The virtues of Crazy Heart only begin with Bridges: Music fans will rejoice at the movie's songs.
  27. Bridges's big performance takes place in the context of a relatively minor movie.
  28. What makes this low-key movie memorable are the pitch-perfect performances.
  29. 75
    Bridges brings his 50 years of acting experience to this one captivating, surprisingly moving performance.
  30. Crazy Heart lacks that spark of originality. So what Fox Searchlight has salvaged essentially is a highly watchable performance by Bridges, one of many he has furnished throughout a long career.
  31. 70
    It has a gentle, unforced rhythm, and what’s there is good and true. But there’s not enough of it--the movie needs more plot, more complication, more conflict.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 169 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 47
  2. Negative: 6 out of 47
  1. Jun 4, 2016
    7
    Featuring a powerhouse performance from Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart may not be a direct adaptation of any single musician, but it does feel likeFeaturing a powerhouse performance from Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart may not be a direct adaptation of any single musician, but it does feel like it. Crazy Heart follows the music biopic formula from start to finish and never deviates, showcasing all the classic trademarks: classic songs, broken friendships, failed relationships, and alcoholism. Aside from Bridges, the acting is good, but Crazy Heart's narrative formula is tried and true. While conventional, it is a good take on the music "biopic" formula and is a thoroughly entertaining film, heartbreaking at times, plus it has great music. That said, Crazy Heart is most certainly not too original and is far too typical to be better than pretty good to good. Jeff Bridges' performance is what truly lifts this one up and over the competition. Full Review »
  2. Nov 19, 2015
    6
    A decent biographical film with good performances, but the story is just simply slow and boring. Also this relationship that is basically theA decent biographical film with good performances, but the story is just simply slow and boring. Also this relationship that is basically the center of the film was totally implausible. However the music is nice. Full Review »
  3. Mar 15, 2015
    8
    Jeff Bridges pulls off a pretty good performance in Crazy Heart. I find this performance a little overrated as the whole cowboy role is a roleJeff Bridges pulls off a pretty good performance in Crazy Heart. I find this performance a little overrated as the whole cowboy role is a role Bridges has been known to play on many occasions. He won an Oscar for best actor in a weak year but don't get me wrong his performance is still strong. I just wasn't blown away by it. Crazy Heart is interesting but certainly slow, I understand that its not for everyone. Bridges bond with the young boy in the film is really cute and the music is really good too. Who knew Colin Farrell could sing so well. Full Review »