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Honkytonk Man

comedy, drama


Red Stovall (Clint Eastwood) is a Depression-era rascal whose fire-in-the-belly passion comes from the whiskey he slugs and the dream he chases: singing at the Grand Ole Opry.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    93%
  • Audience Score
    64%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    93%
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  • Audience

    64%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The whole thing veers wildly in quality, and no Eastwood-hater should go within a mile of it; but few lovers of American cinema could fail to be moved by a venture conceived so recklessly against the spirit of its times.

- Derek Adams, Time Out, Thursday, February 9, 2006

Rotten: The film comes across sympathetically but unconvincingly, as an attempt by a well-established movie tough guy to reveal his tender side.

- Janet Maslin, New York Times, Monday, August 30, 2004

Fresh: This is a sweet, whimsical, low-key movie, a movie that makes you feel good without pressing you too hard.

- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Saturday, October 23, 2004

Audience Reviews

5 stars

A real gem of a film that's filled with humor and heart, a lot of heart. Clint Eastwood put away his tough guy image for a personal project that delivers in a wonderful way as solid entertainment. Eastwood is absolutely superb, one of best performances, its up there with Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino and Bronco Billy. Clint and his son Kyle Eastwood shine together in this warmhearted adventure. A beautiful masterpiece. Director, and star, Clint crafts a truly remarkable and magnificent movie that will shine as one of his true classics.

- allan913, Tuesday, November 20, 2012

3 stars

Likeable story of a country singer trying to make to nashville. Great change of pace for Eastwood from westerns.

- terryc1000, Sunday, January 27, 2008

5 stars

A very great film, Clint Eastwood, alongside with his son, Kyle Eastwood, star in this classic 1982 film about a man who is traveling to Nashville to be a star and has some challenges along the way. A very entertaing film.

- jeffman52001, Sunday, May 27, 2007