Jeff Bridges won an Academy Award for his role as the richly comedic, semi-tragic, romantic anti-hero, Bad Blake, in the debut feature film, Crazy Heart, from writer-director Scott Cooper.
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Bridges shines in adult tale of alcohol and country music.
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Fresh: Jeff Bridges' consuming, complete performance ranks among the finest works of his considerable career.
- Ben McEachen, Sunday Mail (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010
Fresh: 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, Friday, December 25, 2009
Took me a while to get into, but glad I stuck it out. This tells the story of a washed up country music star who has never faced up to his past and has a drinking problem and likely to self destruct if he does not change his ways. He meets a young reporter who is a single mum to a four year old boy and has also had a hard life. While I didn't especially like Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal as a couple - he was, after all, old enough to be her father - both characters were so well written and perfectly cast, I couldn't help but want to see what happened to them next. I was glad the movie ended as it did. The music was a little excessive in the first half of the movie, which is why I think it took me a while to warm to it. I am not a fan of the genre, and it was distracting, and seemed to be slightly louder in the music bits - I had to keep turning the volume up to hear what they were saying and then turn it down again in a hurry when the music came blasting on (which seemed often). Despite this, however, I did enjoy this film, especially towards the last half as it seemed more character based, and found it well worth the watch.
- romy861, Sunday, November 7, 2010
Jeff Bridges gives an magnificent and astonishing performance. This is without a doubt the most amazing acting i have ever seen him do. A fantastic movie filled with heart, soul and great music. Bridges embraces this role with great dedication and power. Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a stunning and remarkable performance. Colin Farrell is terrific. A fresh and solid drama with great character development and a beautiful story of redemption.
- allan913, Saturday, October 23, 2010
Had most of the elements of a typical 'rock star biop', but also some improvements on the genera. I like that he dealt with a more accessable addiction: alcohol, instead of heroin or whatever. I also like that it didn't have a fairytale 'everything works out in the end' ending with Gyllenhaal. I couldn't help but think of Bridges as 'The Dude', especially cause they gave him the same hair and beard, and start him in a bowling alley. Great preformances, and was especially glad to see Robert Duvall is still working. He is sooo old, but I just love him in anything. A touching film, worth watching.
- puffchunk, Tuesday, September 14, 2010