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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 Country for Old Men producing partner Scott Rudin. Josh Brolin and Barry Pepper co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
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
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Hailee Steinfeld
as Mattie Ross
Jeff Bridges
as Rooster Cogburn
Matt Damon
as LaBoeuf
Josh Brolin
as Tom Chaney
Barry Pepper
as "Lucky" Ned Pepper
Dakin Matthews
as Colonel Stonehill
Elizabeth Marvel
as 40-Year-Old Mattie
Domhnall Gleeson
as Moon (The Kid)
Paul Rae
as Emmett Quincy
Leon Russom
as Sheriff
Jarleth Conroy
as Undertaker
Bruce Green
as Harold Parmalee
Ed Lee Corbin
as Bear Man
Candyce Hinkle
as Boarding House Landl...
Peter Leung
as Mr. Lee
Don Pirl
as Cole Younger
Joe Stevens
as Cross-examining Lawy...
David Lipman
as First Lawyer
Jake Walker
as Judge Parker
Ty Mitchell
as Ferryman
Nicholas Sadler
as Repentant Condemned ...
Scott Sowers
as Unrepentant Condemne...
Jonathan Joss
as Condemned Indian
Maggie Goodman
as Woman at Hanging
Brandon Sanderson
as Indian Youth at Bagb...
Ruben Nakai Campana
as Indian Youth at Bagb...
Joe Stevens
as Cross-examining Lawy...
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Critic Reviews for True Grit

All Critics (263) | Top Critics (46)

The sharp humour of the film and flashes of eccentricity, such as a henchman who only communicates using animal noises, show the Coens' unique personality, but as a whole True Grit is beautifully, simply classic.

Full Review… | March 11, 2016
Hot Press

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

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 mesmerizing epopee that evokes the true grandeur of the classic Westerns, with a beautiful melancholy score, well-developed characters, a magnificent cinematography, endless memorable lines and top-notch performances, especially from Bridges and Steinfeld.

Carlos Magalh„es

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

True Grit Quotes

Rooster Cogburn: I don't need to buy that, I confiscate it. I'm an officer of the court!
– Submitted by Peter W (2 months ago)
Mattie Ross: They tell me you're a man with true grit.
– Submitted by Paula W (24 months ago)
Colonel Stonehill: I do not entertain hypotheticals. The world itself is vexin' enough.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Rooster Cogburn: I always go backwards when I'm backin' up.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)

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