True Grit

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Girded by strong performances from Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, and lifted by some of the Coens' most finely tuned, unaffected work, True Grit is a worthy companion to the Charles Portis book.

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Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) joins an aging U.S. marshal (Jeff Bridges) and another lawman (Matt Damon) in tracking her father's killer into hostile Indian territory in Joel and Ethan Coen's adaptation of Charles Portis' original novel. Sticking more closely to the source material than the 1969 feature adaptation starring Western icon John Wayne, the Coens' True Grit tells the story from the young girl's perspective, and re-teams the celebrated filmmaking duo with their No Country for Old Men producing partner Scott Rudin. Josh Brolin and Barry Pepper co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast

Hailee Steinfeld
as Mattie Ross
Jeff Bridges
as Rooster Cogburn
Matt Damon
as LaBoeuf
Josh Brolin
as Tom Chaney
Barry Pepper
as "Lucky" Ned Pepper
Dakin Matthews
as Colonel Stonehill
Domhnall Gleeson
as Moon (The Kid)
Paul Rae
as Emmett Quincy
Leon Russom
as Sheriff
Jarleth Conroy
as Undertaker
Bruce Green
as Harold Parmalee
Ed Lee Corbin
as Bear Man
Candyce Hinkle
as Boarding House Landlady
Peter Leung
as Mr. Lee
Don Pirl
as Cole Younger
Joe Stevens
as Cross-examining Lawyer
David Lipman
as First Lawyer
Jake Walker
as Judge Parker
Ty Mitchell
as Ferryman
Nicholas Sadler
as Repentant Condemned Man
Scott Sowers
as Unrepentant Condemned Man
Jonathan Joss
as Condemned Indian
Maggie Goodman
as Woman at Hanging
Brandon Sanderson
as Indian Youth at Bagby's
Ruben Nakai Campana
as Indian Youth at Bagby's
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Critic Reviews for True Grit

All Critics (271) | Top Critics (56) | Fresh (259) | Rotten (12)

  • It is a fun film.

    November 6, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Without comparing the film to John Wayne's original of 1969, the Coen's version stands on its own with noteworthy performances by Jeff Bridges and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld.

    December 31, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • What we get is a more faithful, near-pitch perfect adaptation of the original text which narrowly misses out on being classifiable as a Coen classic.

    November 6, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Daniel Green

    CineVue
    Top Critic
  • It's very much in keeping with the Coen policy of turning out great, rich, bloodsome stuff in a casual or even stealthy way, without much pomp or clamor.

    October 26, 2018 | Full Review…

    Eileen Jones

    The eXile
    Top Critic
  • True Grit is a masterpiece that should win over the most dedicated Duke die-hards and introduce a new generation of boys (and girls) to the gritty thrills of the Wild West.

    October 3, 2018 | Full Review…

    Megan Basham

    WORLD
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  • Henry Hathaway's 1969 adaptation was highly faithful... The Coens' movie is less faithful than Hathaway's but stronger - the production, by their regular team, is formally superb - and weirder.

    July 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for True Grit

  • May 17, 2017
    17/5/2017 - The perfect remake, I have to say even better than the 1969 original. Excellent acting by all, some funny moments and at under 2 hours long, doesn't overstay its welcome. True Grit is a pleasant surprise and i simply cannot fault it.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2016
    Wonderful direction, strong performances from all, and beautiful cinematography add up to a great modern Western from the Coen brothers.
    Spencer M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2016
    It's just not the same as the original film but the pace was excellent to not keep you bored though Matt Damon was a pretty terrible actor in this remake.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2016
    Great performances and tasteful execution of an interesting plot.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer

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