...a marvelously loose-limbed character study...
—Leah Rozen People
A great Jeff Bridges performance.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
The film packs a huge emotional punch, and captivates mercilessly.
—Blake French filmcritic.com
...what woman wouldn't give the dude a whirl?
—Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
Even when you know what's coming, Crazy Heart haunts you like a classic country song. It's a mesmerizer. So is Bad Blake. This dude also abides.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
The simple, ordinary story in Crazy Heart about a down-on-his-luck country singer is raised by the heartfelt and raw portrayal that Bridges makes look effortless.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
The movie as a whole never rings as true as Bridges' lead character, Bad Blake--but he's appealing enough to keep it from falling apart.
—Luke Y. Thompson E!
Ultimately ... this is simply a showcase for Jeff Bridges, and a reasonably decent one at that even when the script thrusts Bad [Blake] down tediously hackneyed roads.
—Nick Schager Slant Magazine