True Grit (2010)



Critic Consensus: Girded by strong performances from Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, and lifted by some of the Coens' most finely tuned, unaffected work, True Grit is a worthy companion to the Charles Portis book.

Movie Info

Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) joins an aging U.S. marshal (Jeff Bridges) and another lawman (Matt Damon) in tracking her father's killer into hostile Indian territory in Joel and Ethan Coen's adaptation of Charles Portis' original novel. Sticking more closely to the source material than the 1969 feature adaptation starring Western icon John Wayne, the Coens' True Grit tells the story from the young girl's perspective, and re-teams the celebrated filmmaking duo with their No … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images)
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 7, 2011
Box Office: $171.0M
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Critic Reviews for True Grit

All Critics (260) | Top Critics (45)

The year's best film. Deeply moving and entirely unexpected.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

A fascinating study in how two films can follow the same source material fairly closely but come up with interpretations so tonally, spiritually different--but equally valid.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013

Fantastic performances all around, great dialogue and damn fine filmmaking make this one of the best of the year.

Full Review… | August 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

With his leisurely growl, somewhere between trail-grizzled and post-nap, Bridges sounds as if he's talking through his collar, in a vocal performance that's entertaining no matter what he's saying.

Full Review… | July 1, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Duke has been usurped by the Dude, and I couldn't be more thrilled by the experience of watching one of our finest actors take a role as iconic as Rooster Cogburn and indisputably make it his own.

Full Review… | May 25, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

It may not rank among the Coen Brothers' greatest works, but their new adaptation of the Portis novel is intriguing to watch, beautifully filmed, and well worth taking a look at for the fascinating characters.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012

Audience Reviews for True Grit


Top to bottom a solid retelling of the classic. The Coen Brothers do a wonderful job and Bridges and Steinfeld shine. I havent seen the original in years and have never read the book. But this an amazingly good film.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

A fourteen year old girl employs the talents of a grizzled old US Marshall to track her father's killer. The Coen brother's re-imagining of John Wayne's western classic is actually not as different from the original as you'd expect. The biggest difference is in its lack of bravado; Bridges' Rooster Cogburn is more of a crotchety old has-been than The Duke's larger-than-life portrayal and the spectre of Death permeates the film in a similar way to Jarmusch's Dead Man. Even the teenage Maddy (impressively played by newcomer Hailee Steinfield) is not immune to its touch, as we see when she beds down for the night in an empty coffin nearly as soon as she appears. The melancholy epilogue is another nice touch and the ending in general I felt worked much better then the first film. I would have to say that I found Matt Damon an odd casting choice (I suspect the studio insisted on a "big name") but he acquits himself adequately and although it is amongst the most mainstream of the Coens' films, it still has enough of their hallmarks to make it appeal to their die-hard fans. A quality western in the classic style which I personally prefer to the original version.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


A stirring, handsome, fairly moving, excellently acted and shot western. A pleasure to watch, while ultimately a little insubstantial.

Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer

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