Scott Garfield
Mikael Wood
October 27, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Country Strong

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Limited Release Date
12/22/10
performer
Leighton Meester, Gwyneth Paltrow
distributor
Sony Pictures Entertainment

We gave it an B

Like a distaff Crazy Heart, Country Strong stars Gwyneth Paltrow as a hard-living Nashville type staging a post-rehab comeback. On this soundtrack the actress actually sings four tunes herself, including a moody, Chris Martin-penned duet with costar Tim McGraw. She?s pretty convincing in the touchy-feely title track, though her ”Shake That Thing” should?ve been left unshook. Elsewhere you get solid new songs from the likes of Sara Evans, Ronnie Dunn, and Patty Loveless. B

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