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Gran Torino Reviews

November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
May 6, 2011
Though the film feels like a requiem, Kowalski's heart is still defiantly beating.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 19, 2009
The comedy-drama on release is actually a rather wise, insightful exploration of family and friendship, violence and vengeance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
February 8, 2009
A brilliant commentary on a lot of earlier Clint Eastwood roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 24, 2009
If Mt. Rushmore were to make a movie, it would probably look a lot like a Clint Eastwood movie.
January 16, 2009
It is familiar, but only to a point. Suddenly, that point is past and much more serious questions come up, questions of responsibility, of vengeance, of the efficacy of blood for blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 9, 2009
This is among his lesser recent movies, which doesn't diminish its likability. In fact, it's pleasing to see Eastwood working the middle of the emotional register for a change.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 9, 2009
Eastwood's second film this year is a compelling study of anger and violence and the guilt and shame that shadow them. He has sat high in the saddle for decades, but rarely has he ridden so tall as in the driver's seat of Gran Torino.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
January 9, 2009
Ultimately, Gran Torino is not recommended for its moralizing or its scenery, but for Eastwood's compelling performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 9, 2009
Like Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood has reached the point where his movies are better when he's not in them.
January 7, 2009
Gran Torino grinds through its gears in an efficient if generally graceless manner, with occasional blasts of violence interrupting a film that is content to be the cutest movie Clint's done since his days of co-starring with an orangutan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 30, 2008
Gran Torino is very much about the thing Eastwood knows most intimately -- movies. Like Unforgiven, his neo-Western classic, this film ponders the value of the yarns we spin about heroes and lawless encounters.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 29, 2008
Details, some subtler than others, give the straightforward Gran Torino so much resonance.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 29, 2008
Gran Torino has much to recommend it, not least of which is Eastwood's enjoyable and slyly self-deprecating performance. And the supporting cast holds their own every step of the way.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 29, 2008
If you can survive the F-bombs and the near-constant ethnic invective, Gran Torino is not to be missed, if only as the gutsy, thoroughly unexpected valedictory of an icon fully willing to spend every bit of his considerable capital.
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.
December 25, 2008
The film is neither elegant nor subtle. Both Eastwood's performance and his direction veer from broad melodrama to broader comedy and back again. But the film boasts crusty humor, heart and conscience.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 24, 2008
It's a bit shaky in approach, execution and ending, the work of a grand master in middling mode.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 24, 2008
Gran Torino is alive to the web of racial and ethnic discontent in this country, but the script by Nick Schenk and Dave Johannson has a tin ear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 24, 2008
Gran Torino is an unlikely tale made plausible almost solely by the quality of Clint Eastwood's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 22, 2008
We also see the development of Eastwood into the nuanced, textured actor he's become.
December 22, 2008
Eastwood is really fantastic in the twilight of his career.
December 19, 2008
By the time it jolts to an ending, followed by Clint rasping a tune to the closing credits, you're more likely to be rolling your eyes than dabbing them.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 19, 2008
A ham-fisted screenplay sets down the terms of the story with the obviousness of an old-fashioned play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 19, 2008
A thoughtful work that continues the actor/director's remarkable late-career surge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 18, 2008
Gran Torino is about two things, I believe. It's about the belated flowering of a man's better nature. And it's about Americans of different races growing more open to one another in the new century.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 15, 2008
This is the better by far of the two movies Eastwood has made this year, a stripped-down alternative to the overupholstered Changeling.
December 15, 2008
The movie, which Eastwood directed with his usual vigor, has plenty of violent scenes, but it's mostly a rueful comedy of enlightenment.
December 15, 2008
To think Gran Torino is a masterpiece, you have to accept the contrived setups and sledgehammer melodrama.
December 12, 2008
Though you can see his character's redemption coming a mile away, Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino is still well worth the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2008
Gran Torino is defiantly old-fashioned, and occasionally, albeit endearingly, self-indulgent. Most of all it's heartfelt, and for me the feeling was mutual.
December 12, 2008
A very funny and touching movie that delivers its message of tolerance with a most agreeable light hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 12, 2008
In front of the camera, the 78-year-old actor still appears able to demolish anyone who messes with him, which is why this showcase works as well as it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 12, 2008
These spectral figures, totems of masculinity and mementos from a heroic cinematic age, are what make this unassuming film small in scale if not in the scope of its ideas -- more than just a vendetta flick.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 11, 2008
Gran Torino, whatever its flaws are, is a movie about what America looks like now, and it posits that the work of living amicably together is sometimes hard but always worth it.
December 11, 2008
Eastwood directs with his usual relaxed pace and bursts of intensity, a style that's pleasing to watch -- and which, also as usual, never fully compensates for any shortcomings of the script handed to him.
Read More | Original Score: B
December 11, 2008
The first two-thirds play as comedy: Eastwood grumbles, curses, and insists on being a right bastard. This is Dirty Harry gone geriatric, Eastwood parodying himself.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 11, 2008
Part modern-day Western, part vigilante flick, part after-school special, Clint Eastwood's oddball drama Grand Torino remains entertaining right up to the end credits, during which you can scratch your head and wonder what you've just seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 11, 2008
It feels like a summation of everything he represents as a filmmaker and a movie star, and perhaps also a farewell.
December 11, 2008
Gran Torino is an amazingly over-the-top anti-racism parable but, despite its obvious shortcomings, it is nevertheless effective and affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 10, 2008
A lifetime in movies runs through this prime vintage Eastwood performance. You can't take your eyes off him. The no-frills, no-bull Gran Torino made my day.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 10, 2008
Gran Torino becomes more intriguing as the journey its takes us on evolves and grows darker, albeit with Eastwood's trademark, no-nonsense aesthetic.
December 10, 2008
A movie at once understated and radical, deceptively unremarkable in presentation and ballsy in its earnestness. Don't let the star's overly familiar squint fool you: This is subtle, perceptive stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 10, 2008
Caps [Eastwood's] career as both a director and an actor with his portrayal of a heroically redeemed bigot of such humanity and luminosity as to exhaust my supply of superlatives.
December 5, 2008
An unstable affair given to overemphasized points and telegraphed punches.
December 5, 2008
The actor-director's second release of the season is his most stripped-down, unadorned picture in many a year.