True Grit Reviews

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November 6, 2019
It is a fun film.
December 31, 2018
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.
November 6, 2018
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.
October 26, 2018
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 3, 2018
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.
July 10, 2018
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.
August 11, 2017
Frontier justice is, at best and at worst, half blind.
March 11, 2016
The sharp humour of the film and flashes of eccentricity, such as a henchman who only communicates using animal noises, show the Coens' unique personality, but as a whole True Grit is beautifully, simply classic.
May 3, 2015
The year's best film. Deeply moving and entirely unexpected.
September 15, 2013
A fascinating study in how two films can follow the same source material fairly closely but come up with interpretations so tonally, spiritually different--but equally valid.
August 11, 2013
Fantastic performances all around, great dialogue and damn fine filmmaking make this one of the best of the year.
July 1, 2013
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.
May 25, 2013
Duke has been usurped by the Dude, and I couldn't be more thrilled by the experience of watching one of our finest actors take a role as iconic as Rooster Cogburn and indisputably make it his own.
September 21, 2012
It may not rank among the Coen Brothers' greatest works, but their new adaptation of the Portis novel is intriguing to watch, beautifully filmed, and well worth taking a look at for the fascinating characters.
July 12, 2012
True Grit is as close to Disney as the Coens get. And go figure, this time out, it is meant as a compliment.
April 15, 2012
Non-gritty update a step up from John Wayne and Glen Campbell
February 18, 2012
November 5, 2011
... The best of both worlds: a classic Western and classic Coen brothers.
November 2, 2011
...a traditional Western that's been augmented with a number of irresistibly off-kilter elements.
September 9, 2011
Not as out-there as Lebowski, as bleak as No Country, or as twisted as Fargo, but it crackles, like a good campfire, with colorful Coen flourishes all the same.
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