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Gran Torino Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 1/5
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Christine Champ
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Though the film feels like a requiem, Kowalski's heart is still defiantly beating.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
February 8, 2009
A brilliant commentary on a lot of earlier Clint Eastwood roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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January 24, 2009
If Mt. Rushmore were to make a movie, it would probably look a lot like a Clint Eastwood movie.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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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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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 9, 2009
Like Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood has reached the point where his movies are better when he's not in them.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 29, 2008
Details, some subtler than others, give the straightforward Gran Torino so much resonance.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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.
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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.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
December 22, 2008
We also see the development of Eastwood into the nuanced, textured actor he's become.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
December 22, 2008
Eastwood is really fantastic in the twilight of his career.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 19, 2008
A thoughtful work that continues the actor/director's remarkable late-career surge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Dana Stevens
Slate
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.
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David Denby
New Yorker
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.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 15, 2008
To think Gran Torino is a masterpiece, you have to accept the contrived setups and sledgehammer melodrama.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
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
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
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.
| Original Score: B
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
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+
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
December 11, 2008
It feels like a summation of everything he represents as a filmmaker and a movie star, and perhaps also a farewell.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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-
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 5, 2008
An unstable affair given to overemphasized points and telegraphed punches.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
December 5, 2008
The actor-director's second release of the season is his most stripped-down, unadorned picture in many a year.