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Crazy Heart

drama


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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    91%
  • Audience Score
    76%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
1 out of 5

Bridges shines in adult tale of alcohol and country music.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crazy Heart -- which follows a middle-aged musician's (Jeff Bridges) failing career and the major drinking problem that's contributing to that failure -- is clearly aimed at grown-ups. Unless teens have an interest in classic country music (or in actor Colin Farrell, who has a small supporting role), it's unlikely that they'll be clamoring to see it. In the event that they are, they'll find plenty of food for thought and some good music ... as well as some very strong language (especially during the movie's first half) and tons of drinking (including drunk driving), until the main character has an important wake-up call.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the conseqeunces of drinking a lot. Does it lead to alcoholism? What are the consequences Bad pays for drinking? How does the media usually portray drinking?
  • How does Bad's alcoholism impact his relationships with others (including Tommy and Jean)? What about his feelings about himself?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    91%
    reviews counted: 31
    see all Crazy Heart reviews
  • Audience

    76%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

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

Audience Reviews

4 stars

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

4 stars

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

3 stars

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