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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  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. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    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.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 156 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 45
  2. Negative: 6 out of 45
  1. 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 »
  2. Jul 6, 2014
    8
    This Scott Cooper film without Jeff Bridges would be nothing, Jeff Bridges puts on the best performance of his career, and gets some niceThis Scott Cooper film without Jeff Bridges would be nothing, Jeff Bridges puts on the best performance of his career, and gets some nice supporting backup from the rest of the talented cast: Colin Farrell, Maggie Gylenhaal and Robert Duvall Full Review »
  3. 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 howJeff 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 »