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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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.

Cast & Crew

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
Director
Joel Coen
Screenwriter
Ethan Coen
Screenwriter
Joel Coen
Producer
Steven Spielberg
Executive Producer
Robert Graf
Executive Producer
David Ellison
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Critic Reviews for True Grit

All Critics (273) | Top Critics (75) | Fresh (260) | Rotten (13)

  • The Coen brothers' excellent western True Grit is a second and rather different version of Charles Portis's novel, rather than a remake of the 1969 film that brought John Wayne an Oscar as the one-eyed bounty hunter Marshal Rooster Cogburn.

    February 14, 2011 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Guardian
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  • True Grit is the third film the Coen brothers have made since the triumph of No Country for Old Men. It's just as characteristic and deserves just as much success.

    February 11, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • At an uncertain time for heroes in America, there's no wonder it's packing 'em in.

    February 11, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It meanders along, convinced of its own idiosyncratic suavity, never venturing out of its makers' comfort zones.

    February 10, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This True Grit is a very impressive piece of work, beautifully photographed by Roger Deakins, and if you had never seen the original, it might be getting even higher praise.

    February 10, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A series of photogravures formed into an elegant, high-toned flip book.

    February 9, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | 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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