Down 809 this week

Country Strong (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Music  |  7 January 2011 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 14,287 users   Metascore: 45/100
Reviews: 113 user | 135 critic | 30 from Metacritic.com

A rising country-music songwriter works with a fallen star to work their way fame, causing romantic complications along the way.



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Lullaby II (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A man estranged from his family receives word that his father has chosen to take himself off life support within forty-eight hours.

Director: Andrew Levitas
Stars: Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins, Anne Archer
The Oranges (2011)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The enduring friendship between the Walling and Ostroff families is tested when Nina, the prodigal Ostroff daughter, returns home for the holidays after a five-year absence and enters into an affair with David, head of the Walling family.

Director: Julian Farino
Stars: Leighton Meester, Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener
Monte Carlo (2011)
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Three young women vacationing in Paris find themselves whisked away to Monte Carlo after one of the girls is mistaken for a British heiress.

Director: Thomas Bezucha
Stars: Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy
Georgia Rule (2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Rachel comes to stay with her Grandmother Georgia for the summer leaving some obvious problems behind at home. Her alcoholic mother doesn't even stay the night before rushing back out to ... See full summary »

Director: Garry Marshall
Stars: Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan, Felicity Huffman
Life Partners (2014)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Sasha and Paige's co-dependent friendship is tested as Paige gets serious with a guy for the first time.

Director: Susanna Fogel
Stars: Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody
The Roommate I (2011)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

College student Sara finds that her new roommate Rebecca has an obsession with her, which quickly turns violent.

Director: Christian E. Christiansen
Stars: Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester, Cam Gigandet
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A romantic comedy centered on a guy and a gal who try to keep their love alive as they shuttle back and forth between New York and San Francisco to see one another.

Director: Nanette Burstein
Stars: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Ron Livingston
Bounce (2000)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A man switches plane tickets with another man who dies in that plane in a crash. The man falls in love with the deceased one's wife.

Director: Don Roos
Stars: Ben Affleck, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natasha Henstridge
On the Road (2012)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.

Director: Walter Salles
Stars: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A former pop star who now writes commercial jingles for a living experiences a mid-life crisis.

Director: Jake Paltrow
Stars: Martin Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Penélope Cruz
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Friendships are tested and secrets come to the surface when terminally single Rachel falls for Dex, her best friend Darcy's fiancé.

Director: Luke Greenfield
Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield
Inside I (2006)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A man's interest in a couple leads to chilling and heartbreaking results.

Director: Jeff Mahler
Stars: Nicholas D'Agosto, Cheryl White, Kevin Kilner


Cast overview, first billed only:
Hair Stylist
J.D. Parker ...
Joe (as JD Parker)
Lisa Stewart ...
Travis' Mom (as Lisa Stewart Seals)
Gabe Sipos ...
Sandra Harris ...
Megan Henderson ...
Dan Beene ...


A drama centered on a rising country-music songwriter (Hedlund) who sparks with a fallen star (Paltrow). Together, they mount his ascent and her comeback, which leads to romantic complications involving her husband/manager (McGraw) and a beauty queen-turned-singer (Meester). Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It doesn't matter where you've been as long as you come back strong.


Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving alcohol abuse and some sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

7 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Love Don't Let Me Down  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,000 (USA) (24 December 2010)


$20,218,921 (USA) (11 February 2011)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| |


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Much of Beau Hutton's appearance is modeled after Texan singer-songwriter, Hayes Carll, who wrote several of the songs performed by the character in the movie. See more »


A billboard referencing Nashville exit 209A is very prominent in the background and they show the Nashville skyline while supposedly in Dallas. They also had real Nashville TV station logos on their microphones. See more »


Beau's Mother: So you're opening for the looney tunes? They need to lock that one up and throw away the key.
Beau Hutton: She's not crazy.
See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Gwyneth Paltrow/Cee Lo Green (2011) See more »


Coming Home
Written by Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey and Troy Verges
Produced by Byron Gallimore
Performed by Gwyneth Paltrow
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Not terrible but not good.
9 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a relatively new fan of country music, I must say I was disappointed in this movie. It had its moments, but overall I cannot recommend it. The clumsy, disconnected screenplay was probably the worst aspect of the film as it gave the actors little to work with. There didn't seem to be much continuity to the film, but just a bunch of scenes thrown together. Aside from her singing the title song, there was nothing about the main character (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) that was remotely strong, and the ending was hardly inspiring in that regard. I cringed through the first half of the movie, which seemed to go overboard in portraying her flaws and failures, and wondered how much lower she would get before she turned things around. It was quite depressing, with no "payoff" at the end to make it worthwhile.

What the movie does have is some pretty good music. Paltrow, Garrett Hedlund, and Leighton Meester all sang quite well and almost made this movie worth seeing. Hedlund gave the best acting performance, and Meester wasn't bad. But I was quite disappointed in Tim McGraw's effort and feel it was the weakest of his budding career. I don't know if it was because he was playing an insensitive jerk as opposed to the nice guys of his previous roles, but he seemed strained and unnatural. And as well as Paltrow sang, and as much as I have enjoyed previous work by her, she was unconvincing in her portrayal of a country superstar (limited in part by the poor script, as noted earlier). The charisma just wasn't there.

Seeing a movie like this makes me appreciate well-written and well-acted movies all the more. They have a unifying theme that takes you somewhere and ties things together at the end (unless, of course, there is to be a sequel). "Country Strong" just didn't have what it takes, but ending up looking more like a direct-to-video film. It should have been titled "Country Pathetic."

41 of 62 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Did She Kill Herself or was it an overdose? r-kelsey1125
why bother with the bird storyline? cdnchris2
An insult danibethb
Great message for girls jmarsh4036-1
What was the husband's problem? Mega-Ennui
Thought it was a great movie cheryllchance
Discuss Country Strong (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: