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True Grit Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 9, 2011
It could be the Coens' most straightforward film, but it's also one of their best.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 3, 2011
The tense verbal comedy of Mattie's early negotiation with a Fort Smith merchant should win you over to this movie's high linguistic wit.
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David Denby
New Yorker
December 27, 2010
Nothing very startling happens, but the Coens have a sure hand, and Bridges, in the old John Wayne role, plays a man, not a myth; you can sense Rooster's stink and his nasty intelligence, too.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
December 24, 2010
The real reason to see the film is the work of the Coens' regular collaborators, cinematographer Roger Deakins and composer Carter Burwell, who supply the visual and auditory landscapes that are True Grit's most notable achievement.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 24, 2010
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen fill the film with self-conscious good humor-hey, it's the Coen brothers-and the charmingly old-fashioned locutions of the Charles Portis novel.
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
December 23, 2010
The Bible argues an eye for an eye. But as Rooster Cogburn doesn't have an eye to spare, the movie needs to ask if their death quest is worth the risk.
| Original Score: B-
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
December 23, 2010
A great film that will stand the test of time.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 22, 2010
This True Grit makes the original almost unwatchable except as a curio.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 22, 2010
Just saddle up and see it yourself.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 22, 2010
Though handsomely made and well acted, the film never completely escapes the sense that it's an exercise in genre excavation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 22, 2010
True Grit isn't so much a major film as a good time, and there's nothing wrong with that. Maybe this movie can get westerns back in the saddle again.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 22, 2010
This remake by Joel and Ethan Coen is being positioned as a truer True Grit, and though they take their own liberties with the plot and tone, they preserve Portis's impeccably authentic dialogue.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
December 22, 2010
Some people are expressing amazement that Joel and Ethan Coen would set out to make a classic western in the first place, and then that they'd accomplish it. All I can say is that those folks haven't been paying attention.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 22, 2010
My only reservation about the movie, not a serious one but a nagging one, is that watching the film it's hard to see why the Coens wanted to make it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 22, 2010
"True Grit" proves to be as funny and heroic as any other legend, and tells an expert tale to boot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 22, 2010
In choosing not to reinvent the wagon wheel with True Grit, the Coens ironically seem radical by being conformists. There's truth and beauty in their faithfulness, though, and a reminder never to presume too much about these sibling ciphers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 22, 2010
The big names in the cast all do excellent work, but the biggest surprise is all but unknown Steinfeld.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 22, 2010
It's a tonal mash-up no one but the Coens could deliver, the finest, most intelligent Western since "Unforgiven," with the funniest public hanging since "Blazing Saddles."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 22, 2010
Joel and Ethan Coen have pulled off an impressive feat: repurposing a classic film with their idiosyncratic blend of dark, deadpan humor and palpable suspense, while remaining ultra-faithful to the novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 22, 2010
If anyone ever needed a quick lesson in the difference between being a great star and being a great actor, a new "True Grit" arrives to give a master's class.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 22, 2010
The Coens, who like to play with genre, often with giggles and winks, haven't mounted an assault on the western. But in Mattie they have created a character whose single-minded pursuit of vengeance has unmistakable resonance.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 21, 2010
The Coens have crafted a vastly entertaining Wild West show that is memorable in every particular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 21, 2010
On its own conventional terms, the film succeeds -- maybe not as a "Coen Brothers" movie, but as a tall tale well told.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 21, 2010
True Grit is well-wrought, if overly talkative, and seriously ambitious, returning the Coens to the all-American sagebrush and gun smoke landscape that has best nourished their wise-guy sensibility
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
December 21, 2010
This is a visually and sonically beautiful movie that uses space, distance and time to immerse you in a very particular world of mystery, awe and brutality.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 21, 2010
True Grit is probably the least ironic picture in the Coen Brothers' worthy canon, but that doesn't mean it's devoid of their signature oddities, that it doesn't take a few dark, strange turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 21, 2010
If Laura Ingalls Wilder took a detour through Cormac McCarthy country on the way to her Little House, she might stumble upon True Grit, a classic Western tale livened up by a few Coen brothers tweaks.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 21, 2010
I'm surprised the Coens made this film, so unlike their other work, except in quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 21, 2010
It feels more like an assignment fulfilled than a passion pursued. But craft this strong - and, despite the tonal uncertainty, true - should not be taken for granted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 21, 2010
Once you settle in with the film that's in front of you, instead of the one you were expecting, True Grit draws you in as fully as the Coens' best work...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 21, 2010
True Grit is a gorgeously shot, well-acted Western that resonates more the more you let it settle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 21, 2010
It's sort of a screwball Western, if you will, with vivid performances and strikingly vast, picturesque vistas, the always gorgeous work of the always great Roger Deakins, the Coens' frequent cinematographer.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 21, 2010
The purity of Steinfeld's ability to convey Mattie's guileless sense of justice gives the film plenty of emotional ballast, particularly in the last 20 minutes or so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 21, 2010
In overtaking a legend, this True Grit earns its spurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 21, 2010
Bridges, that most natural of actors, gives an entirely different kind of performance: loose and playful, not worrying too much about whether we can understand him (often we can't, but never mind).
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 21, 2010
True Grit has sweep and scope and entertainment value to burn, but it's Mattie who invests even the grandest aesthetic elements with meaning.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
December 21, 2010
The Coens direct True Grit with a light touch, but like Portis' stark, funny novel, their adventure tale shaves off none of the rough edges. It's simultaneously rollicking and grave.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 21, 2010
Kind of a victory lap for Jeff Bridges. Dark. And not as much fun as the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 21, 2010
True Grit, one of the best films of 2010, is a reminder of why remakes are not always bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
December 17, 2010
Mainly, "True Grit" functions as an elaborate homage that results in their most conventional outing behind the camera.
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David Fear
Time Out
December 15, 2010
The directors' propensity for verbiage and ironic violence fits the story like a fringed suede glove. Welcome to the first stoic screwball Western.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 15, 2010
Truer than the John Wayne showpiece and less gritty than the book, this True Grit is just tasty enough to leave movie lovers hungry for a missing spice.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 13, 2010
The Coens' True Grit isn't as momentous an event as you might hope, but once you adjust to its deliberate rhythms (it starts slowly), it's a charming, deadpan Western comedy.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
December 2, 2010
It's hard to imagine bigger boots to fill than the ones that earned John Wayne his Oscar in True Grit, and yet Jeff Bridges handily reinvents the iconic role of Rooster Cogburn in the Coen brothers' back-to-the-book remake.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
December 2, 2010
Well-made and acted Coen Brothers remake lacks the humor and resonance that might have made it memorable.