True Grit Reviews

  • While Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin have their names above the marquee, the star of True Grit is thirteen year old Hailee Steinfeld.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • Truer than the John Wayne showpiece and less gritty than the book, this True Grit is just tasty enough to leave movie lovers hungry for a missing spice.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • The Coens, who like to play with genre, often with giggles and winks, haven't mounted an assault on the western. But in Mattie they have created a character whose single-minded pursuit of vengeance has unmistakable resonance.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Joel and Ethan Coen have pulled off an impressive feat: repurposing a classic film with their idiosyncratic blend of dark, deadpan humor and palpable suspense, while remaining ultra-faithful to the novel.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • True Grit has sweep and scope and entertainment value to burn, but it's Mattie who invests even the grandest aesthetic elements with meaning.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • The brothers prove they can play it straight, but they're preferred, for better and worse, at a sharp angle.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • True Grit is well-wrought, if overly talkative, and seriously ambitious, returning the Coens to the all-American sagebrush and gun smoke landscape that has best nourished their wise-guy sensibility

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • "True Grit" proves to be as funny and heroic as any other legend, and tells an expert tale to boot.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • If Laura Ingalls Wilder took a detour through Cormac McCarthy country on the way to her Little House, she might stumble upon True Grit, a classic Western tale livened up by a few Coen brothers tweaks.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • This True Grit makes the original almost unwatchable except as a curio.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • This is a visually and sonically beautiful movie that uses space, distance and time to immerse you in a very particular world of mystery, awe and brutality.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • 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.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • I'm surprised the Coens made this film, so unlike their other work, except in quality.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • It feels more like an assignment fulfilled than a passion pursued. But craft this strong - and, despite the tonal uncertainty, true - should not be taken for granted.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • True Grit is probably the least ironic picture in the Coen Brothers' worthy canon, but that doesn't mean it's devoid of their signature oddities, that it doesn't take a few dark, strange turns.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • It's a tonal mash-up no one but the Coens could deliver, the finest, most intelligent Western since "Unforgiven," with the funniest public hanging since "Blazing Saddles."

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • True Grit is a gorgeously shot, well-acted Western that resonates more the more you let it settle.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

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