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Gran Torino Reviews

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Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
This is another Eastwood's deconstruction of his career, and it doesn't give anything else in the movie any room to breathe.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 19, 2008
Eastwood's foursquare directorial aesthetic tends to heighten, rather than camouflage, a screenplay's shortcomings. He may well win the gold for this one. But we'll have to assume he's winning it for richer assignments en route.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 9, 2009
Gran Torino is the most obvious and least interesting of the four movies [Eastwood's] directed in the last two years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 5, 2008
An unstable affair given to overemphasized points and telegraphed punches.
Edward Douglas
December 10, 2008
A generally enjoyable but problematic departure for Eastwood which works best during its lighter moments but gets too dark while trying to create heightened tension and drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 9, 2009
Clint the hammiest performance of his career.
| Original Score: 1/4
Karina Longworth
December 18, 2008
Gran Torino is most fun when it's working on the level of performance art, and much of the time, it resembles an art school take on an insult comic's one-man show.
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
December 25, 2008
With Gran Torino, Eastwood has taken what might have been the likable last gasp of his iconic persona and turned it into the dullest, most heavy-handed sermon of his career.
Kam Williams
January 6, 2009
A terribly dated mix of 8-Mile, The Karate Kid and Death Wish. The desperate last gasp of pre-Obama Era intolerance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Victoria Alexander
December 4, 2008
Walt hates everyone. He kicks his dog. He growls and spits. It's Spitting Blood, Old Man Dirty Harry.
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Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
January 23, 2009
The film becomes black and white in its resolution. This tendency to simplify into good guys and bad guys worries me about many Eastwood films.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
January 13, 2009
The uninspired screenplay and all too obvious cast of novices make the film feel more like charity work on the part of its engaging director and star.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rebecca Murray
January 10, 2009
An okay film that has a few moments of brilliance but for the most part is a mediocre drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
January 29, 2009
With his shamelessly overblown ending, Eastwood reveals a taste for something he's never served up before -- corn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Sobczynski
December 18, 2008
It turns out that all of the idle initial speculation that surrounded "Gran Torino" was far more entertaining than the embarrassingly hackneyed and inadvertently hilarious melodrama that is the result of all that speculation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 19, 2009
He never manages, though, to penetrate to his character's much-touted depths, and it's left to young non-professionals Vang and Her to infuse the action with a spry, casual liveliness that offsets the film's rickety set-up and pacing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
December 19, 2008
Biased critics may look at Clint's work in Gran Torino and want to see something edgy, but it's really just a caricature of things that he has done before and done better.
Eric Melin
February 11, 2009
I understand that Eastwood meant well, and it is interesting to fill up a tried-and-true movie formula with this much frank racism in order to make it different, but Gran Torino is just a well-intentioned mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Erik Childress
December 18, 2008
And you thought Walt was kidding when he told his son early on that people would show up after the funeral because he 'suppose they heard there's gonna be a lot of ham.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
December 22, 2008
Climax is an overindulgent grasp at something meaningful that misses by a country mile.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Scott Mendelson
March 10, 2010

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