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True Grit Reviews

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Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
December 25, 2010
The Coens have made careers out of slyly subverting and expanding the genres they take on. Dial that back and you're left with an inherent disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Douglas
December 21, 2010
Uninspired compared to previous efforts, making it fairly blatant the Coens should stick to their own original material.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Tony Macklin
December 11, 2010
I knew Duke Wayne [no one who knew him called him "John"] -- and Jeff Bridges, you're no Duke Wayne.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 9, 2011
A series of photogravures formed into an elegant, high-toned flip book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 21, 2010
This disappointing Coen Brothers foray into the Western genre has little of the Brothers' trademark quality and barely improves on the John Wayne original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 21, 2010
The brothers prove they can play it straight, but they're preferred, for better and worse, at a sharp angle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine
December 23, 2010
No doubt many will favorably compare 'True Grit' to 'No Country for Old Men' (2007) and rightfully so...I see no reason why someone like Sarah Palin would not love this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
December 22, 2010
The Coens' version of True Grit remains faithful to the Portis novel, although much of the book's humor falls flat in the course of its delivery in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 22, 2010
If there's one thing I don't need in my Christmas stocking this year, it's a sorry, lumbering and unasked-for remake of the 1969 sagebrush saga True Grit.
Louis Proyect
December 25, 2010
Another "edgy" movie by the Coens filled with the usual comic mixture of sadism and misanthropy, this time expressed through its two lead male characters, a bushwhacker veteran and a Texas Ranger, two of America's most malignant forces.
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
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
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
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
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
Shaun Munro
What Culture
February 11, 2011
What makes True Grit truly brilliant, however, isn't just the Coens' reverence for the style and tone of the Westerns of yesteryear, but the John Ford-inspired manner in which they manage to both epitomise and eulogise the myth of the Old West...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joshua Starnes
December 17, 2010
True Grit is fun and entertaining, not to mention dark and extremely violent, but nothing more than that ... an abiding sense of faithfulness to the novel pervades the entire film and ultimately holds it back.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Simon Miraudo
January 17, 2011
Only filmmakers with as impressive a back catalogue and supreme a talent as the Coen brothers could relax and produce a film as 'simple and straight' as True Grit and have it still be a thrilling, haunting, hilarious, minor-masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Scott Henderson
The Vine
January 24, 2011
True Grit is essential viewing, a significant installment in the Coen brothers' exploration of what it means to be an American and just a damn good yarn.
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