"When that ooooooooold song comes on... come on, you know you want to. A rising country-music songwriter (the extremely likeable Garrett Hedlund) hits it off with a fallen star (Gwyneth Paltrow) and together they conjure up his ascent and her comeback, leading to romantic complications involving her husband/manager (the underrated Tim McGraw) and a beauty queen-turned-singer (the adorable Leighton Meester).
An uplifting story about the life of a country singer and her return to musical stardom, Country Strong has a strong cast, four excellent leads, and a half decent story, helped by an absolutely cracking soundtrack that does most of the talking. It’s not original by any stretch of the imagination, but there are enough twists to keep you interested. That said though, I never realised those country folk put it about so much – good stuff.”