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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. Read critic reviews

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After an outlaw named Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) murders her father, feisty 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) hires Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), a boozy, trigger-happy lawman, to help her find Chaney and avenge her father. The bickering duo are not alone in their quest, for a Texas Ranger named LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) is also tracking Chaney for reasons of his own. Together the unlikely trio ventures into hostile territory to dispense some Old West justice.

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Jeff Bridges
Rooster Cogburn
Josh Brolin
Tom Chaney
Barry Pepper
Lucky Ned Pepper
Dakin Matthews
Colonel Stonehill
Paul Rae
Emmett Quincy
Elizabeth Marvel
Adult Mattie Ross
Joel Coen
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Joel Coen
Screenwriter
Ethan Coen
Screenwriter
Joel Coen
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Steven Spielberg
Executive Producer
Robert Graf
Executive Producer
David Ellison
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Critic Reviews for True Grit

All Critics (274) | Top Critics (77) | Fresh (261) | Rotten (13)

  • I thought the film was excellent... [But] Don't skimp on the development of female characters just because the complexities are difficult to represent. We're going to notice.

    January 8, 2021 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • Disappointing overall, though entertaining at times, True Grit isn't exactly the Coen brothers best movie but they get an A for effort.

    September 8, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 1, 2013 | Full Review…
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    February 18, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • 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...

    June 23, 2011

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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