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True Grit (2010)


Average Rating: 8.4/10
Reviews Counted: 259
Fresh: 249
Rotten: 10

Critics 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.

Average Rating: 8.4/10
Reviews Counted: 45
Fresh: 43
Rotten: 2

Critics 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.


Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 153,155


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

PG-13 (for some intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images)
Western , Drama , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Ethan Coen , Joel Coen
In Theaters:
Jun 7, 2011
Box Office:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for True Grit

All Critics (259) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (249) | Rotten (10) | DVD (6)

It could be the Coens' most straightforward film, but it's also one of their best.

Full Review… | February 9, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

The tense verbal comedy of Mattie's early negotiation with a Fort Smith merchant should win you over to this movie's high linguistic wit.

Full Review… | January 3, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Nothing very startling happens, but the Coens have a sure hand, and Bridges, in the old John Wayne role, plays a man, not a myth; you can sense Rooster's stink and his nasty intelligence, too.

Full Review… | December 27, 2010
New Yorker
Top Critic

The real reason to see the film is the work of the Coens' regular collaborators, cinematographer Roger Deakins and composer Carter Burwell, who supply the visual and auditory landscapes that are True Grit's most notable achievement.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen fill the film with self-conscious good humor-hey, it's the Coen brothers-and the charmingly old-fashioned locutions of the Charles Portis novel.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

A great film that will stand the test of time.

Full Review… | December 23, 2010
Top Critic

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

True Grit is as close to Disney as the Coens get. And go figure, this time out, it is meant as a compliment.

Full Review… | July 12, 2012

Non-gritty update a step up from John Wayne and Glen Campbell

Full Review… | April 15, 2012
Movie Habit

... The best of both worlds: a classic Western and classic Coen brothers.

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

...a traditional Western that's been augmented with a number of irresistibly off-kilter elements.

Full Review… | November 2, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

Not as out-there as Lebowski, as bleak as No Country, or as twisted as Fargo, but it crackles, like a good campfire, with colorful Coen flourishes all the same.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
American Profile

Either I'm softening on the Coens or they are softening themselves. Not as darkly comic as their prior films, this western is easily one of their better films.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Cinema Sight

The dialogue zings with period flourish and point-blank delivery.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

Jeff Bridges is rough and rowdy marshal Ruben "Rooster" Cogburn, and manages to put his own stamp on the role made famous in 1969 by John Wayne. It's no surprise that he knows how to bring a wide palette of colors to this character, and he seems to be...

Full Review… | June 23, 2011
Leonard Maltin's Picks

The title refers to the trait Mattie needs in her avenger, though the film sympathizes with the criminal outcasts.

Full Review… | June 13, 2011

... the most accessible and successful (financially speaking) film of their career.

Full Review… | June 11, 2011

This True Grit is timeless.

Full Review… | June 6, 2011
Slant Magazine

The new movie really is quite different from the older one, and in almost every way an improvement.

Full Review… | May 21, 2011
Movie Metropolis

A marvelous film. The highlight is the performance of Hailee Steinfeld as the young heroine, Mattie Ross, but also boasting strong turns by Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon.

Full Review… | May 18, 2011

The brothers' fidelity to Portis' novel not only honors a great literary achievement but also makes for a narrative with fascinating interruptions, digressions and enigmatic encounters...

Full Review… | May 1, 2011
Parallax View

This isn't the deepest Western or the most thoughtful Coen brothers film, but dang if it isn't a good time.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

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


This is one of the ten best films of 2010. It brings out the best of what the old-school western used to represent and is resurrected in this film. It's a brilliant masterpiece from The Coen Brothers, a frequently funny, thrilling and tremendously exciting action-packed adventure. The two brother-filmmakers have done it again this time with a remake of the classic John Wayne western and making just a new classic of their own. A strong, hard-boiled and incredible movie that's just a electrifying entertainment ride. An exhilarating and powerful movie that will stand the test of time. A stellar thrill-ride of thrills, action and humor. A handsomely made and very well-performed film that truly packs gritty intensity and fantastic characters. It brings the western back in an explosive and unforgettable way that just rocks. An outstanding all-star cast that truly are at their best. Jeff Bridges is absolutely magnificent, he gives a gritty, mesmerizing and awesome performance. Matt Damon Is excellent. Josh Brolin is terrific. Hailee Steinfeld is a wonderful young actress who gives an extraordinary performance.

Al S

Super Reviewer

True Grit Quotes

Mattie Ross:
They tell me you're a man with true grit.
– Submitted by Paula W (4 months ago)
Colonel Stonehill:
I do not entertain hypotheticals. The world itself is vexin' enough.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (14 months ago)
Rooster Cogburn:
I always go backwards when I'm backin' up.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (14 months ago)
Rooster Cogburn:
We'll sleep here and follow in the mornin'.
Mattie Ross:
But we promised to bury the poor soul inside.
Rooster Cogburn:
Ground's too hard. If some men wanted a decent burial, they should have gotten themselves killed in summer.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (14 months ago)
Rooster Cogburn:
You could not hit a man at three hundred yards, if your gun was restin' on Gibraltar.
The Sharps's carbine is an instrument of uncanny power and precision.
Rooster Cogburn:
I have no doubt that the gun is sound.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (14 months ago)
Rooster Cogburn:
I can do nothin' for you, son.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (14 months ago)

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