Stop me if you've heard this one before: Jeff Bridges plays a down-on-his-luck, charismatic, aging hipster stuck in an era past his hey-day.

No, it's not a 'Big Lebowski' sequel. It's 'Crazy Heart,' director Scott Cooper's film adaptation of Thomas Cobb's novel about Bad Blake (Bridges), a Dude-like country singer running on the fumes of his former success, until he meets a journalist (Maggie Gyllenhaal) interested in an interview, and maybe a little bit more.

But while the film has a few similarities to 'Lebowski', critics have been quick to point out that they're surface at best. Bridges is winning across-the-board raves, not just for his low-fi, honest portrayal of Blake, but also for his soulful, heartbreaking singing voice in the film's twangy musical numbers (produced by T-Bone Burnett).

Critics also love the ensemble around Bridges, particularly Gyllenhaal and Colin Farrell, who appears in an extended cameo as one of Blake's music industry frienemies. Check out the reviews.
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