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Gran Torino (2008)

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79

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 223
Fresh: 177 | Rotten: 46

Though a minor entry in Eastwood's body of work, Gran Torino is nevertheless a humorous, touching, and intriguing old-school parable.

73

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 13

Though a minor entry in Eastwood's body of work, Gran Torino is nevertheless a humorous, touching, and intriguing old-school parable.

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A racist Korean War veteran living in a crime-ridden Detroit neighborhood is forced to confront his own lingering prejudice when a troubled Hmong teen from his neighborhood attempts to steal his prized Gran Torino. Decades after the Korean War has ended, ageing veteran Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) is still haunted by the horrors he witnessed on the battlefield. The two objects that matter most to Kowalski in life are the classic Gran Torino that represents his happier days working in a Ford

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Jun 9, 2009

$148.1M

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All Critics (224) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (177) | Rotten (46) | DVD (24)

Though the film feels like a requiem, Kowalski's heart is still defiantly beating.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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The comedy-drama on release is actually a rather wise, insightful exploration of family and friendship, violence and vengeance.

February 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A brilliant commentary on a lot of earlier Clint Eastwood roles.

February 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
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If Mt. Rushmore were to make a movie, it would probably look a lot like a Clint Eastwood movie.

January 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comments (2)
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It is familiar, but only to a point. Suddenly, that point is past and much more serious questions come up, questions of responsibility, of vengeance, of the efficacy of blood for blood.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comments (2)
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This is among his lesser recent movies, which doesn't diminish its likability. In fact, it's pleasing to see Eastwood working the middle of the emotional register for a change.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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This is another Eastwood's deconstruction of his career, and it doesn't give anything else in the movie any room to breathe.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Covers a lot of ground as it rolls: religion, the toll of war, mortality, what it means to be a man.

September 28, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

Twenty minutes in, we know Walt is eventually going to give the car to the kid. The only question is how.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

This would be a fitting conclusion to a long and illustrious career.

March 14, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture | Comments (3)
What Culture

Gran Torino is not Eastwood's best film as director or actor but it perfectly encapsulates his onscreen persona and his brilliant directorial career.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

Gran Torino is less a sleek hybrid than a multigenre pileup.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: NPR.org | Comments (2)
NPR.org

Even this one-trick predictable pony is worth seeing when Eastwood is riding.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

After the clumsy beginning, the deft writing and excellent acting has so sunk you into your relationship with Walt and Sue and Thao that by the end, I loved this movie, but it took a while to snag me.

December 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinerina | Comments (3)

Un film posé et d'une grande intelligence émotionnelle qui va au-delà des barrières des croyances ou des origines pour défendre une tradition tout simplement humaine.

November 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Panorama

Take it for what it is: An old guy who gives himself one last juicy role as the flawed, haunted anti-hero, an old guy who's done this so often that he isn't above making himself look silly as well as heroic (he even croons the title song over the ending c

September 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

If this is the end of the road for the Man With No Name, it's a memorable, winning way for him to go out.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Less a great film than a fascinating personal testament

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comment (1)
CinePassion

Though Eastwood is not above self-deprecation and, here, downright silliness, Gran Torino is no orangutan movie.

August 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Reverse Shot
Reverse Shot

Like a new driver learning to operate a manual transmission, director Eastwood's awkward shifting of tones makes the lurching Gran Torino a frustrating ride.

July 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Comments (14)
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Clint gets into surly senior power, and while flexing those rejuvenated geriatric muscles, but mostly verbal and otherwise. Though what a tongue lashing, poised to give those Superbad youngsters a run for their money.

June 5, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Comments (2)
NewsBlaze

Clint Eastwood has become one of Hollywood's best and most dependable filmmakers.

May 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

... Starts as one thing, then becomes something else entirely.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Comments (4)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

It's as vigorous and entertaining a feature as you could expect from a 78-year-old filmmaker star.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Gran Torino is a smorgasbord of Eastwood's skills as filmmaker -- the good, the bad, and the ugly -- and how well you digest it will depend on your appetite.

April 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Comments (5)
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February 26, 2014
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This ignorant, ever-so-bitter movie intends to give the impression that it is a tiny raft of integrity floating on the Dead Sea while the rest of American society, reveling in the lifeless water, looks at it with contempt. This vision along with the consistently wooden delivery of the equally stiff dialogue makes for a sad, cringe-worthy experience. The core story had potential, but the execution just made this seem like a deranged and jaded lecture from a soured heart who wants about 15 cartoonishly wretched villains too many.
February 4, 2014
Matthew Slaven

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Clint Eastwood. That's really all you need to know about this film, because though this film may be very strange, riddled with inaccuracies, and a little cheesy, it involves the actor and director Clint Eastwood. After so many years playing the tough cop, or street fighter, or cowboy, Eastwood plays a less than humble veteran who is a bit of a racist, yet also simply a man who has faced many horrors in his life. Haunted by the deaths of Koreans he has shot in war, without his wife for the first time in his life, and finding himself faced with the violence of gangs, Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) is done playing around. Morphing from the quiet, displeased old man into a fighter for justice, Kowalski takes on a Hmong street gang in order to save the lives of his Hmong neighbors. One of them is a young man who is trying to straighten his life out. The lives of these immigrants have come under scrutiny in many critics' and academics' circles, because many of the traditions, ceremonies, and culture have been misrepresented. On a positive note, this is the first film to feature a Hmong cast, and many of said cast were encouraged to improvise, leading to an authentic atmosphere for the characters represented. Though Eastwood's character doesn't always do what is correct, he does what he feels is right. Having Walt be so haunted by his past and unable to deal with it, makes his relationship with his neighbor interesting, and holds weight compared to the story of an old man who tracks down gang members and punches them out. Most of the fighting that Walt engages in throughout the film feels over the top and cheesy, but it's a serious film about the violent ways of gangs, so some of it is going to be unrealistic. Overall, this film is entertaining, sometimes sweet, and always interesting.
July 12, 2013
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    1. Walt Kowalski: Shut your fucking face!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (9 months ago)
    1. Walt Kowalski: That old hag hates my ass.
    – Submitted by Mark J (16 months ago)
    1. Thao: Hey that's bad for you
    2. Walt Kowalski: Yeah, so is being in a gang, dipshit.
    – Submitted by Matt T (23 months ago)
    1. Walt Kowalski: Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn't have fucked with? That's me.
    – Submitted by Jeremy H (2 years ago)
    1. Father Janovich: Do you have a problem with me, Mr Kowalski?
    2. Walt Kowalski: You dont wanna know..
    3. Walt Kowalski: Yes, I do!
    4. Walt Kowalski: You are an over educated 27 year old virgin who likes to hold hands with older ladies and promise them eternity.
    – Submitted by Ramnath B (2 years ago)
    1. Walt Kowalski: You are WRONG, Eggroll!
    – Submitted by Ramnath B (2 years ago)
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