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September 18, 2017
BitterSweet heart felt story.
September 5, 2016
One of John Wayne's most under rated films in his long and celebrated career. A great character study of Rooster Cogburn from True Grit. Don;t miss this!
½ April 13, 2016
"they aint coming, Ill bet my drunket cat on that" - John wayne in Rooster Cogburn
½ July 13, 2015
2012/12/09: Absolute classic. Two amazing actors who played off each other perfectly. Their work took a relatively action packed film and infused it with humour and memorable moments. I don't think this film will ever be remade because Wayne's and Hepburn's personalities and relationship could never be replicated. This film is also filled with classic western actors including Zerbe, Jordan, McIntire, Martin, Colvin, and Koslo. Great, great film.
½ March 16, 2015
the chemistry between wayne and hepburn is palpable and undeniable. they were outstanding. the dialogue between the two was hysterical, smart, and amazingly witty. hepburns amusement with wayne, i believe, is what sets the team up for success. when she laughs and is amused with him, she lets us know that we can be too. she makes sure that we see him with an outsiders eye. looking at how ridiculous he can be. amazing duo.

interesting camera work. the way the cameras changed lenses are worth going back and studying. really beautiful landscape.

the movie was entirely too much fun. what a blast.
August 2, 2014
Not as good as true grit but worth watching!
May 19, 2014
It definitely retreads on True Grit and The African Queen, but its enjoyable in its own right
March 14, 2014
It may just be a disconnected sequel to "True grit" with only John Wayne's eye-patch in there to keep the big duke's wig in place, but this is still a decent watch. The writing is good and sometimes really quite funny, and of course the performances from the two very experienced leads is solid enough for one to care about what is going on. Worth a look but not one of the better westerns.
½ March 13, 2014
Weak follow up - with several enjoyable moments thanks to some adequate acting.
August 24, 2013
I have still yet to see the original True Grit, and only found out this was a sequel AFTER I had rented it, but I feel it doesn't really warrant seeing the first film to enjoy or understand this one. It certainly makes no references to the first film.

Basically he is sent after a gang of thieves to help clear his good name. He finds a preaches wife and a young Indian boy and they all set off to save the day.

It was okay, much better during the shoot out scenes, which were great fun, but a lot of talking in slow scenes hurt the film.

Wayne and Hepburn were really really really old in this. It was a huge distraction for me, as it was hard to see people this old in such a grand adventure. Their banter was fun at times, but I was a bit annoyed with all the religious talk from Hepburn.

I could see why Wayne was so well liked though, as he comes off so fun here...miles better than Bridges when he played this role.
August 7, 2013
This found what True Grit lacked.
½ July 14, 2013
Rooster Cogburn, serving as the sequel to the Academy Award winning Western True Grit with the same titular character which scored lead actor John Wayne the Academy Award for Best Actor, is not a film I predicted to be better than its predecessor, and clearly that proved to be a valid assumption.

A Character named Rooster Cogburn is the kind of name that sticks out amongst western culture as its vaguely comedic of its own right. Rooster Cogburn himself appears to have grown with the comedic theme, because within the first 6 minutes of Rooster Cogburn we witness a memorable character turned into a joke. Rooster Cogburn makes its titular character appear as nothing less than a senseless alcoholic, and after True Grit made him out to be a character with the fine line between caring and careless, Rooster Cogburn makes him seem too drunk to be a serious Marshal anymore, and he's basically just a commercialized family-friendly comedy figure who no longer has the True Grit that won him the Academy Award for Best Actor. Although John Wayne embodies the character finely, there is no Grit left in Rooster Cogburn.
The story also seems like a rehash of True Grit, except instead of being paired with a young girl he teams up with an old woman which essentially serves as an overused dynamic about an odd couple, and the little comedic appeal or depth within the character keeps it from even succeeding as the family comedy it reaches out to be. This slows it down and makes it an even slower western than you could expect, with little entertainment value to fill the extensive slow sequences, mainly held back by a lackluster and unclever script.
Rooster Cogburn basically goes against every John Wayne western up to this point, because it raises moral points about women being more than objects, and that goes against his standard western archetype as well as only being thrown in there for commercial value. Basically, Rooster Cogburn is too much of a commercial western to be taken literally as the film it wants to. Stuart Millar essentially was a poor successor as the director of Rooster Cogburn after Henry Hathaway's rounding success on is predecessor. There's a reason he's never been heard from ever since.
There's really minimal of what made True Grit such a success in Rooster Cogburn, and aside from the good visual quality, beautiful locations and strong cinematography as well as an entertaining albeit small quantity of shootout scenes, Rooster Cogburn was a merely rudimentary film and one of the lesser additions to John Wayne's career, as well as Katharine Hepburn's, since her character has no room left for her to breath life into.
May 17, 2013
The sequel to "true grit" doesn't really have the same magic that the first film had. However, worth watching. (Once)
April 6, 2013
John Wayne. Katharine Hepburn. Who cares about anything else? Great to see two movie stalwarts together. Maybe not art, but good diversion as a movie as this type movie ought to be. 3 1/2 maters.
March 26, 2013
While not as good as True Grit or The African Queen (Which is borrows heavily from), I had a blast watching Rooster Cogburn. While the plot could use work, the cast keeps the film lively due to the wonderful chemistry between John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn. However, this film is also a wonderful action-packed film like the two films it emulates. It's funny, action-packed, and well-acted, and for those reasons, I really enjoyed this underrated western. Perhaps this film is indeed only for fans of the two leads like critics say, but if you are a fan of either star, you'll probably have fun with this.
½ January 5, 2013
John and Kathrine they both fit their characters to a T.
January 1, 2013
Not enough can be said about this. Personally, I believe one of John Wayne best, and Kate Hepburn also...and they have BOTH done fabulous, top ranked movies, but together, these two make a chemistry, that can not be, or never will be matched again. You're laughin' so hard your gut hurts one minute, and the next, you are in tears, from this tremendously tender story. If you haven't seen....don't deprive yourself any longer. You will NOT be disappointed!
December 30, 2012
This is very much True Grit II, being pretty much identical in plot to True Grit, only now with the young stubborn girl on a vengeance mission replaced by an old stubborn woman on a vengeance mission. Hepburn is meant to irritate throughout and she does rather too good a job of it, irritating the audience too. The dialogue isn't quite as snappy as before and John Wayne is past his best here. Rather boring and quite irritating at times. 6.5/10
½ August 12, 2012
One of Wayne's worst movies. This movie is not worth watching.
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