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True Grit Reviews

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Phil Hall
July 1, 2016
Maybe it is not great cinema, but it is great entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Moira Walsh
America Magazine
July 29, 2015
An undeniably vivid, exceedingly well directed (by veteran Henry Hathaway) frontier tale that "tells it like it was."
Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View
May 1, 2011
If I had to pick only one True Grit movie to take to the proverbial desert island, it'd be Hathaway's, Wayne's, Ballard's and, while we're at it, Elmer Bernstein's...
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
January 5, 2011
Far too often for True Grit to quite overcome, [Wayne's] larger-than-life turn flirts with, if not outright topples into, self-parody.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 30, 2010
The girl with the strength of a man, and the man with a sensitive heart (albeit under layers of crust). The calculated softening of Wayne's macho persona at long last won him the Oscar. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 17, 2010
...a good movie, just probably not the great one of memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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TIME Magazine
December 1, 2010
By growing old disgracefully as the fat, swaggering Rooster Cogburn, Wayne proves he can act -- and solves his own senior-citizen problem in one master stroke.

Empire Magazine
December 1, 2010
Although some say Wayne's Oscar was given out of sympathy instead of his performance, he still acts well as the sheriff who's past his peak.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 1, 2010
Somehow it comes off like a TV celebrity roast.

TV Guide
December 1, 2010
An enormously entertaining adventure that is as much about John Wayne's image as it is about a girl seeking revenge for her father's murder.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Josh Larsen
November 26, 2010
At times a charming, kiddie Western, this John Wayne vehicle also has a real nasty streak.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
March 19, 2009
It's mostly Wayne all the way. He towers over everything in the film.
Emanuel Levy
May 13, 2007
Wayne's Oscar-winning film is one of his best and most personal, fusing the actor and the person, marking a collaborative height of three vets: producer Hal Wallis, director Henry Hathaway, and the Duke.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Lazily directed by Hathaway, it's pleasant enough, if rather too self-consciously coy.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 28, 2005
Capably but too coyly directed by the aged Henry Hathaway.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
One of the glories of True Grit is that it recognizes Wayne's special presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

May 25, 2003
Wayne received an Oscar for this enjoyable western and certainly deserved it for being able to reverse his horse quicker and better than lesser mortals do their four wheeled vehicles.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A marvelously rambling frontier fable packed with extraordinary incidents, amazing encounters, noble characters, and virtuous rewards.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Widgett Walls
May 18, 2003
This is what you find when you look up 'Western' in the cinematic genre dictionary.
| Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Null
September 26, 2001
True Grit is the kind of rip-roaring western adventure movie that, like film musicals, have art and innocence that is now lost forever.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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