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True Grit Reviews

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Roe McDermott
Hot Press
March 11, 2016
The sharp humour of the film and flashes of eccentricity, such as a henchman who only communicates using animal noises, show the Coens' unique personality, but as a whole True Grit is beautifully, simply classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
The year's best film. Deeply moving and entirely unexpected.
Michael Dequina
September 15, 2013
A fascinating study in how two films can follow the same source material fairly closely but come up with interpretations so tonally, spiritually different--but equally valid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered
August 11, 2013
Fantastic performances all around, great dialogue and damn fine filmmaking make this one of the best of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
July 1, 2013
With his leisurely growl, somewhere between trail-grizzled and post-nap, Bridges sounds as if he's talking through his collar, in a vocal performance that's entertaining no matter what he's saying.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 25, 2013
Duke has been usurped by the Dude, and I couldn't be more thrilled by the experience of watching one of our finest actors take a role as iconic as Rooster Cogburn and indisputably make it his own.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeff Beck
September 21, 2012
It may not rank among the Coen Brothers' greatest works, but their new adaptation of the Portis novel is intriguing to watch, beautifully filmed, and well worth taking a look at for the fascinating characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Jardine
July 12, 2012
True Grit is as close to Disney as the Coens get. And go figure, this time out, it is meant as a compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 15, 2012
Non-gritty update a step up from John Wayne and Glen Campbell
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
November 5, 2011
... The best of both worlds: a classic Western and classic Coen brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: A
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 2, 2011
...a traditional Western that's been augmented with a number of irresistibly off-kilter elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 9, 2011
Not as out-there as Lebowski, as bleak as No Country, or as twisted as Fargo, but it crackles, like a good campfire, with colorful Coen flourishes all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
Either I'm softening on the Coens or they are softening themselves. Not as darkly comic as their prior films, this western is easily one of their better films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
The dialogue zings with period flourish and point-blank delivery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leonard Maltin
June 23, 2011
Jeff Bridges is rough and rowdy marshal Ruben "Rooster" Cogburn, and manages to put his own stamp on the role made famous in 1969 by John Wayne. It's no surprise that he knows how to bring a wide palette of colors to this character, and he seems to be...
Matthew Sorrento
June 13, 2011
The title refers to the trait Mattie needs in her avenger, though the film sympathizes with the criminal outcasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Sean Axmaker
June 11, 2011
... the most accessible and successful (financially speaking) film of their career.
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
June 6, 2011
This True Grit is timeless.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 21, 2011
The new movie really is quite different from the older one, and in almost every way an improvement.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal
May 18, 2011
A marvelous film. The highlight is the performance of Hailee Steinfeld as the young heroine, Mattie Ross, but also boasting strong turns by Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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