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January 27, 2011
The all too expected Coen gritty direction, mesmerizing linguistic wit and impeccable performances from its cast, otherwise familiar faces from previous Coen works, like Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges or Matt Damon. A must see.
½ December 30, 2012
??? 1/2 Fun, atmospheric western with personable characters who talk much; surprisingly no Indians, cowboys or saloons. The story carriage is pulled along by the excellent actors who help create the gritty atmosphere.
½ January 5, 2011
1-28-2016. 2nd rating: 8.2/10. 9-6-2014.

Original rating: 7/10, 1-5-2011.
½ January 24, 2016
The Coen brothers can do no wrong. This movie has great acting, great plot, great action, and great comedy.
½ April 22, 2011
Kinda just feels like a conventional modern Western with a bit of Coen flavouring sprinkled on top. Of course the dialogue and acting is fun, and of course the depiction of violence and tension is thrilling, and it's never less than entertaining. But there is a sense that anybody could have made it, which is not something you can usually say about their movies.
April 1, 2011
Very interesting to see how the Coen Brothers cook Western genre. I'd call it a "sexless threesome buddy movie." The performance by Hailee Steinfeld, who played the heroin of the film, is amazing and deserves Oscar nomination. She well embodies an ideal girl of Coens - independent, tough, tender, and fragile. I think one of the hardest films for male directors to make is the one in which a girl is the main character, since she's the farthest existence from them. Coen Brothers did it with the great support from two superb actors - Bridges and Damon. And of course, it is really great as a western film, too (especially how the Brothers create tension in gunfight scene with really long shots).
½ May 24, 2015
True Grit is the Coen Brother's best movie, it is intense and incredible with great performances and great directing. Keep going Coen Bros.
½ January 12, 2016
hard to understand dialogue sometimes! a lot of mumbling
½ January 7, 2016
I love westerns and really wanted this one to be as good as the first but it a poor copy. Bridges was a poor roster and Damon and brolin would never replace Campbell and corey. ned pepper was dead on and the girl was better.
People need to watch them both more to see it for what it really is a poor copy. but people seem to be voting for people who are alive. like the top westerns in top westerns they put eastwoods B westerns in the top ten. when they should not be in the top 20.
½ January 4, 2016
Wonderfully photographed and superbly acted by Jeff Bridges who plays a U.S. Marshall helping newcomer Hailee Steinfeld track down her father's killer.
December 22, 2015
Fueled by exceptional work from a strong cast, and the Coen Brother's expert direction, "True Grit" surpasses the John Wayne original and proves westerns still have a place in modern cinema.
½ December 20, 2015
very disappointed, all of them characters portrayed themselves with a certain mount of respect, cogburns was intermittent. but ultimately a good man , the portrayal of maddie as a weak and indecisive is upsetting despite her strong performance throughout the original.
December 19, 2015
Such a great remake, with tremendous performances coming from newcomer Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges. And no I didn't forget about you Matt Damon
½ July 24, 2011
True Grit is a brutal and unflinching western that features great performance and a touching story of a hopelessly drunk US Marshall who looks up from the bottom of his bottle and eventually finds purpose helping and saving a little girl from danger.
½ November 30, 2010
151120: Wow, what a great time, what great entertainment. This film took the best parts of the original movie while supposedly being more accurate to the book. That accuracy kept the film new and exciting while honoring the characters brought to life in the original. As a John Wayne fan, in no way did I feel insulted by the new Rooster Cogburn, Mattie, or any of the characters for that matter. Pepper was bad ass and, in this version, I actually came to like LaBoeuf. If you've seen the original, don't be afraid to attend. This one has new characters, new takes on the characters, new twists & new turns, and of course, the pleasure of modern special effects.
November 18, 2015
The Coen Brothers are very rarely known to deliver a rubbish film, their ability to craft quirky scripts, with off the wall characters and seriously dark over tones, has been an audience and award winner for 3 decades now and True Grit is no exception. When her father is murdered by a cowardly low life, 14 year old Maddie goes on the hunt for the man responsible, using her intelligence and determination to enlist the help of a US marshal and Texan ranger, to aid her cause. Its a wonderfully simple concept, crafted so expertly and built upon in so many ways, its truly engaging to witness. True Grit, comes straight out the gate wearing its tone firmly on its sleeves, its brilliant blend of humor and mature content, make it such a pleasure to watch, feeling invigorating and never as simple as it ultimately is. With a stellar cast in Bridges, Damon and Brolin, Hallie Steinfeld comes hurtling on screen with a performance that matches the Hollywood heavyweights. The script is dialogue heavy, with its use of eloquent language always prominent, however the young actor, never flinches or falters, delivering line after line flawlessly and expertly and crafting a performance that grips from start to finish. Each actor takes on their roles in such a brilliant fashion, all of them stand out with their own character traits, while managing to never outshine each other, its a brilliant piece of ensemble work that holds a strong script high. Visually the best cinematographer in town, Roger Deakins, yet again provides a flawless and breath taking vision of the wild west, his use of lighting is inventive and powerful and his ability to frame harrowing images, in such a unique and stand out fashion is beyond credit. True Grit paces itself perfectly, galloping along at a continual pace throughout, it introduces characters at exactly the right time, allows everyone room to flourish and revels in its performances and script writing stature. It looks glorious, it sounds glorious and it is presented in expert fashion. Maybe not as genre defining or daring as other westerns, True Grit takes a simple concept and executes it to perfection.
½ January 5, 2011
Pretty good. But I enjoy the original better. This version has some really good actors in it though....the Dude! Barry Pepper, MATT DAMON (supposed to sound like Team America) Just another remake of a western didn't step up like I think 310 to Yuma did though. Worth a watch
May 18, 2012
This is a grim, no-frills western epic. Every actor is superb. Every scene is perfectly presented. And every moment is engaging. 'True Grit' is but another sublime period piece that could only be brought to us by the Coen brothers.
½ November 1, 2015
It is a funny, interesting, involving and charismatic movie.
January 21, 2011
As far as re-makes go, Jeff Bridges and company follow the original script adding period dialogue, panoramic scenery, and authentic action.
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