True Grit Reviews

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February 14, 2011
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 11, 2011
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 10, 2011
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 9, 2011
It could be the Coens' most straightforward film, but it's also one of their best.
January 28, 2011
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.
January 26, 2011
Delivers a perfectly fine, character-driven revenge yarn before unaccountably falling into a heap in its final act.
January 24, 2011
Jeff Bridges ain't the Duke, no sir, but the Duke weren't Jeff Bridges, neither.
January 5, 2011
The old-school American western was not dead, it seems. It was just playing possum, waiting for the Coens to come along and rouse it.
January 3, 2011
The tense verbal comedy of Mattie's early negotiation with a Fort Smith merchant should win you over to this movie's high linguistic wit.
December 27, 2010
Nothing very startling happens, but the Coens have a sure hand, and Bridges, in the old John Wayne role, plays a man, not a myth; you can sense Rooster's stink and his nasty intelligence, too.
December 24, 2010
The real reason to see the film is the work of the Coens' regular collaborators, cinematographer Roger Deakins and composer Carter Burwell, who supply the visual and auditory landscapes that are True Grit's most notable achievement.
December 24, 2010
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen fill the film with self-conscious good humor-hey, it's the Coen brothers-and the charmingly old-fashioned locutions of the Charles Portis novel.
December 23, 2010
The Bible argues an eye for an eye. But as Rooster Cogburn doesn't have an eye to spare, the movie needs to ask if their death quest is worth the risk.
December 23, 2010
A great film that will stand the test of time.
December 22, 2010
This True Grit makes the original almost unwatchable except as a curio.
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December 22, 2010
If there's one thing I don't need in my Christmas stocking this year, it's a sorry, lumbering and unasked-for remake of the 1969 sagebrush saga True Grit.
December 22, 2010
Just saddle up and see it yourself.
December 22, 2010
Though handsomely made and well acted, the film never completely escapes the sense that it's an exercise in genre excavation.
December 22, 2010
True Grit isn't so much a major film as a good time, and there's nothing wrong with that. Maybe this movie can get westerns back in the saddle again.
December 22, 2010
This remake by Joel and Ethan Coen is being positioned as a truer True Grit, and though they take their own liberties with the plot and tone, they preserve Portis's impeccably authentic dialogue.
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