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Gran Torino (2009)

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Critic Consensus: 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 assembly plant, and the M-1 rifle that saved his life countless times during combat. When Kowalski's teenage neighbor (Bee Vang) attempts to steal his Gran Torino as part of a gang initiation rite, the old man manages to catch the aspiring thief at the business end of his well-maintained semi-automatic rifle. Later, due to the pride of the Asian group, the boy is forced to return to Kowalski's house and perform an act of penance. Despite the fact that Kowalski wants nothing to do with the young troublemaker, he realizes that the quickest way out of the situation is to simply cooperate. In an effort to set the teen on the right path in life and toughen him up, the reluctant vet sets him up with an old crony who now works in construction. In the process, Kowalski discovers that the only way to lay his many painful memories to rest is to finally face his own blinding prejudice head-on. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Clint Eastwood
as Walt Kowalski
Christopher Carley
as Father Janovich
Brian Haley
as Mitch Kowalski
Geraldine Hughes
as Karen Kowalski
Brian Howe
as Steve Kowalski
Dreama Walker
as Ashley Kowalski
William Hill
as Tim Kennedy
John Carroll Lynch
as Barber Martin
Chee Thao
as Grandma
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Critic Reviews for Gran Torino

All Critics (224) | Top Critics (37)

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

May 6, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Film.com
Top Critic

Seeing the new inclusive Clint shows an old dog can learn new tricks. But like Walt himself, I can't help but prefer Dirty Harry to Caring Clint any day.

February 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Times (UK)
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Although the first half feels a little devoid of direction, Eastwood takes out the jump leads and kicks it into life, giving the second half of the film a better pace, vibrancy and gentle humour that makes Gran Torino worth at least one ride.

February 26, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
Little White Lies
Top Critic

This is still an enjoyably big, brash, macho melodrama, saved from absurdity by Eastwood's cracking performance.

February 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Guardian
Top Critic

In a way it's quite touching that Eastwood still believes a man is never too old to change. One only wishes that Gran Torino were a little more subtle and a little less earnest in its operations.

February 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Independent (UK)
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Simply terrific, enormously watchable and an absolute must for all Eastwood fans. Gotta say it: this film will make your day.

February 19, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Empire Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Gran Torino

Eastwood is funny but cartoonish, snarling and scowling all the time, but the problem with this film is that it clearly doesn't know if it is supposed to be taken serious or not - and what makes it all worse is certainly the awful acting from the entire cast and the lame ending.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

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Directors Cat

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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.

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

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