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


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
Elizabeth Marvel
as 40-Year-Old Mattie
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

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  • 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.

    Feb 14, 2011 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Feb 11, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | 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.

    Feb 10, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It could be the Coens' most straightforward film, but it's also one of their best.

    Feb 9, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Steinfeld more than holds her own in this high callibre company, shining in her role, as the Coen's shift the focus of the film on to her character to mirror the original novel's style.

    Jan 28, 2011 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Delivers a perfectly fine, character-driven revenge yarn before unaccountably falling into a heap in its final act.

    Jan 26, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | 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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