Emma and the 10 greatest Gwyneth Paltrow movies of all time

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 10: Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 2019 amfAR Gala Los Angeles at Milk Studios on October 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 10: Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 2019 amfAR Gala Los Angeles at Milk Studios on October 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images) /
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7. Country Strong

Original Release Date: Country Strong first premiered in Nashville, Tennessee on November 8, 2010 before receiving a limited theatrical release on December 22 and wide release on January 7, 2011.

Box Office Earnings: Despite its buzz and star power in Paltrow, Country Strong performed poorly at the box office, bringing in only $20.6 million worldwide against a budget of $15 million. Perhaps the misstep was in marketing the film as both an awards season entry and a potential blockbuster.

Critical Acclaim: Upon release, the film received mixed to negative reviews from critics and holds a less than stellar 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, moviegoers seemed to enjoy it more, as reflected by its B on CinemaScore. Paltrow received acclaim for her performance but wasn’t able to elbow into a crowded awards season race. Country Strong still earned an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song for “Coming Home.”

About the Role: Paltrow stars in Country Strong as country music superstar Kelly Canter, who recuperates from her struggles at a rehab center. While there, she forms a connection with talented musician and rehab worker Beau (Garrett Hedlund). Kelly brings Beau along in her plans for a comeback tour being planned by her husband James (Tim McGraw), who also brings along his own rising star, Chiles Stanton (Leighton Meester). Personal demons fester and romantic entanglements complicate matters as the world watches to see if Kelly’s ready to get back on the road.

Simply the Best: Making a play for that second Oscar, Gwyneth Paltrow took some risks with Country Strong, rebranding (even momentarily) as a country star. Using her jolt of musical goodwill from her Emmy-winning guest-starring role on Glee, Paltrow sang in the film as well as in many televised promotional performances as well.

But in her role as Kelly Canter, the star strips down to her vulnerable core, embodying a superstar caught between the pressures and poisons of fame and reality. It’s a stirring performance, one of her all-time most electric roles to date.