'Crazy Heart' Critic Reviews

95%
MovieWeb:   6 reviews
91%
Rotten Tomatoes:   200 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    Bridges' guileless performance makes this piquant little indie tale of country music, redemption, and the love of a pretty younger woman such a sad-song charmer.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    Crazy Heart, written and directed by Scott Cooper, is a small movie perfectly scaled to the big performance at its center.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    A wonderfully easy, confident and muscular performance from Jeff Bridges - so easy, confident and muscular that it doesn't look like acting at all - saves this movie from being pure sentimental mush.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    Jeff Bridges' character may be called Bad Blake, but his performance is incredibly good, perhaps the best of his career.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    88
    You've seen Crazy Heart before -- many, many times, actually -- but it doesn't much matter.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    No scene feels obligatory, and Crazy Heart shows a pragmatic but tender understanding of the relationship between physical breakdown and the discovery of morality. It's merely a well-done, adult American movie-that is to say, a rarity.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    100
    Gyllenhaal is charming and makes unexpected choices in her performance, but this is Bridges' show, and he's as Best Actor-worthy as he's ever been.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Christopher Kelly Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    80
    Is Jeff Bridges the most underappreciated actor of his generation?
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    If ever a movie demonstrated how country music emerges from private sorrows, this is it. But something can always be done to make a movie better.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    Some actors are blessed. Jeff Bridges is one of them.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Jeff Bridges finds the perfect vehicle for his lazy charm and bitter irony in the role of Bad Blake, a washed-up country star trying to climb out of the bottle and put his life back together.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    100
    Hand the Oscar to Jeff Bridges right now, and let's be done with it.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    You can see why Bridges signed on for this low-key, low-budget character study. It isn't every day an actor gets the chance to pitch face-forward into the camera, dead drunk.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    It's a bit too easy, a bit too familiar, and maybe even a bit too much fun. But the easy magic Bridges brings to the screen makes it all work.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    Jeff Bridges' portrayal of broken-down, liquored-up country singer Bad Blake may be the best of his career, and that's saying something.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Well directed but sketchily written by actor Scott Cooper, the film relies a great deal on the star to flesh out what is only implied. It's a lot of work, but Mr. Bridges is merely miraculous.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    Playing a drunken, washed-up music legend reduced to playing small-town bowling alleys, Jeff Bridges is the whole show here as a cowboy-style crooner who wrestles with his demons in ways that easily engage an audience's sympathies.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    88
    It's one of the year's best, most deeply felt films.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    88
    This performance reminds us that Bridges is that rare actor who has never had to make that apology. Crazy Heart lets him be every bit as grand as we'd hope him to be.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    88
    Some goodwill evaporates in the final reel, when a few false endings lead to a choice that's not the best one for Crazy Heart, but the generosity of Bridge's performance puts us in a forgiving mood.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Jonathan F. Richards Film.com (Top Critic)
    When a movie offers you a couple of hours with a drunk, he better be a charmer. And even then, it's a gamble; we've all known charming drunks, but a little can go a long way. Fortunately for Crazy Heart, it has Jeff Bridges, who brings enough charm and ve
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    In a musical genre where emotional authenticity is essential, Bridges is a great enough actor to make us believe these songs could be his own.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Gyllenhaal and Bridges are marvelous together, playing their characters' cautious affection for each other as an alluring winding path that's actually laden with minefields.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Dana Stevens Slate (Top Critic)
    On first viewing, Crazy Heart seemed like a pretty good movie with one great performance. After a second time through, it's sneaking up on the title of my favorite film of the year.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    As has so often been the case throughout his career, Bridges becomes the character. He buries himself so thoroughly in the role that there's nothing of the actor remaining.
    Full Review » 5 years ago