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Reviews: Crazy Heart movie

Thomas Cobb got great reviews for his 1989 novel "Crazy Heart," about a washed up country-and-western singer named Bad Blake. And the movie adaptation, whose cast includes stalwarts such as Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall and Maggie Gyllenhaal, is getting the same sort of critical acclaim. (If you're not into C&W singers, this is also a week for the widespread release of "The Lovely Bones" movie; take a look at early reviews.) Here's a sampling of reviews for "Crazy Heart":

The Washington Post -- There are many reasons to admire "Crazy Heart," chiefly a performance from Bridges that stands as a quiet triumph within one of Hollywood's most durable and consistent careers, while making subtle nods to the actor's best-loved characters.

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Los Angeles Times -- The grim parts of the film present the bourbon-battered Blake slowly (or, at times, quickly) losing his grip on life. But there's also a comically bleary ballet to the performance by Bridges, who plays Blake as a gifted songwriter who never loses his supple intellect or candor even as his body gives out to his liquored life.

New York Times -- a small movie perfectly scaled to the big performance at its center. It offers some picturesque views of out-of-the-way parts of the American West, but the dominant feature of its landscape is Bad Blake, a wayward, aging country singer played by Jeff Bridges.

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Rolling Stone -- Let's just say that Crazy Heart offers the pleasure of watching a great actor at the peak of his form.

Entertainment Weekly -- 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.

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