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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

3 stars

A bittersweet character study, it works remarkably well. You even begin to believe Clint Eastwood in the role. The star's son, Kyle Eastwood, makes an impressive film debut.

- deano, Thursday, October 30, 2008

4 stars

By far one of Clint's masterpieces. His performance is incredible along with that of his son's. There are so many memorable moments and the story of a country singers dream is told perfectly. An outstanding adventure told beautifully and one that will definitely stand out as one of his true classics.

- sage8595, Monday, September 2, 2013

3 stars

Shockingly good. Eastwood makes for a terrific singer, and his character is outside of his normal range of tough guys. Alexa Kenin steals the show when she's on-screen with her wacky character. The film is still odd, at times, and his character make politically incorrect (even for the Depression-era) moves, but this is one of his finest performances. And his direction here isn't bad either, especially for an earlier Eastwood film.

- fb68600877, Monday, June 25, 2012