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Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can’t help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. As he struggles down the road of redemption, Bad learns the hard way just how tough life can be on one man’s crazy heart.
Drama - This is a slow-moving drama aimed at an older adult audience. Fans
of star Jeff Bridges will enjoy this one-man show. Fans of Colin
Farrell and Robert Duvall may be disappointed by their limited
screen time. Adult subject matter and language make the film
inappropriate for children, who wouldn't be interested anyhow.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Crazy Heart is a labor of love for many of those involved.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent Some actors are blessed. Jeff Bridges is one of them...Look at him playing Bad Blake in "Crazy Heart." The notion of a broke-down, boozy country singer is an archetype in pop culture. We've seen this story before. The difference is, Bad Blake makes us believe it happened to him.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 156 moviegoers:
TEENS:We only collected three reviews. Two loved it and one rated it as average.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The two males only rated it as average. The two females rated it above average. These reviews are not that great but the adult reviews are much better and there are many more of them so I would rely more on them.
ADULTS:Great reviews from both the males and females! Over half LOVED "CRAZY HEART." Most of the rest enjoyed it very much. Only a small percentage rated it as low as average. Highly Recommended!
At the age of 57, Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) still lives his life out on the road, playing long-ago #1 hits in third-rate
beer joints and bowling alleys to aging crowds as drunk and yearning as he is, while his fleeting fame
slides into obscurity. The most he can hope for these days is to open a big concert for his young
protégé, Tommy Sweet, who learned everything he knows from Bad -- except Tommy, unlike Bad,
managed to become rich and famous from it.
One gig blurs into the next until one night in Santa Fe when Bad meets a local journalist Jean
Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and falls for her harder than usual. Bad promises nothing to Jean and, as a single mom with
plenty of regrets, Jean knows she'd be a fool to believe even in that. Still, they continue winding up in
each other's arms.
But can Bad, who can barely keep his own head above badly troubled waters, really take care
of anyone else? His attempt becomes a gritty and witty portrait of a man coming to terms with his
own starkly human limitations and a last chance for a sweet drop of redemption.