YMMV / Country Strong

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: There are a few fan theories that Kelly may have been abused as a child, given that the scene where she guesses the truth about Chiles's parents implies a Not So Different situation between them.
  • Awesome Music: Even those who disliked the movie said that the songs were still very impressive. What's more is that the three leads all did their own singing. Kelly's final performance is indeed a powerful one.
  • Cliché Storm: The Career Versus Family and Celebrity Is Overrated plot lines were accused of being this.
  • Covered Up: The extended version of the soundtrack features Leighton Meester's cover of a little-known Jessica Andrews song called "Summer Girl".
  • Critical Backlash: Given the film's 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a few find such a low score to be quite harsh.
  • Ear Worm: Chiles's song "Summer Girl". The full version is bound to get stuck in the head.
  • Ending Fatigue: Kelly has just gotten over her fears and put on a great show, making it look like the film is going to end there. She ends up dying of an overdose, dragging the film out by another ten minutes.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Despite the film's poor reception, Leighton Meester got near-unanimous praise for her role as Chiles.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: The songs are thought to be the redeeming part of the film.
  • So Okay, It's Average: While the script is regarded as not very good and a little cliched, the performances and soundtrack are held in high regard. So consensus seems to be that it's not as terrible as the reviews would suggest.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Noted here about the film implying that women just can't be famous and happy. Fame destroys Kelly's life and ruins her marriage, giving the Accidental Aesop that "in Hollywood the only successful woman is a desperately unhappy one." The fact that the main source of conflict between Kelly and James comes from Kelly miscarrying doesn't help matters.