True Grit (2010)

True Grit (2010)

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True Grit (2010)

Coen brothers' western, based on the 1968 novel by Charles Portis. True Grit sees the Coen's reunite with Big Lebowski star Jeff Bridges.

Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfield) sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest US marshal she can find, Reuben J. 'Rooster' Cogburn (Bridges). Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, a drinking, slothful, and generally reprobate character. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon), who wants Chaney for his own purposes.

A previous adaptation of True Grit was made in 1969, starring John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper.

2010110 minsUSA
DramaWestern
Director:
Ethan CoenJoel Coen ('A Serious Man', 'Burn After Reading', 'No Country For Old Men', 'The Man Who Wasn't There', 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?', 'The Big Lebowski', 'Fargo')
Writer:
Ethan CoenJoel Coen
Cast:
Matt DamonJeff BridgesJosh BrolinBarry PepperDomhnall GleesonHailee Steinfeld
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Rather than a case of the Dude doing the Duke, Bridges' irascible old cuss is a genuine original who feels larger than the familiar saga that contains him.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

From a classic western novel, the Coens have fashioned a western in the classic mode. Not only does it have the drop on the 1969 version, it’s the first great movie of 2011.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

In some ways, much like Charles Laughton's "Night of the Hunter," which the Coens quote both musically and visually, True Grit is a parable about good and evil. Only here, the lines between the two are so blurred as to be indistinguishable, making this a true picture of how the West was won, or - depending on your view - lost.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's robustly played and ravishing to look at, with its bullish inhabitants and glorious, bleached-bone cinematography. But its furniture is almost too comfortable and too lovingly restored...

3.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

This is a film by the Coen Brothers, and this is the first straight genre exercise in their career. It's a loving one. Their craftsmanship is a wonder. Their casting is always inspired and exact. The cinematography by Roger Deakins reminds us of the glory that was, and can still be, the Western.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The Dude does the Duke but the kid steals the show

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Well-made and acted Coen Brothers remake lacks the humor and resonance that might have made it memorable.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Terrific: tough, exciting, funny, gorgeous and bewitchingly acted, this is darn close to perfection.

5.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Everybody is at great pains to point out, quite rightly, that this True Grit is not a remake of the 1969 John Wayne movie.

5.0
0

The Coen Brothers rock. TRUE GRIT is a wonderful homage to the Wild West, and Jeff Bridges is superb. Working again with cinematographer, Roger Deakins, the landscapes are pure Western genre heaven. Why only 4 stars? Well, because in the modern Western genre you're up against Clint Eastwood's UNFORGIVEN and THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES and Sergio Leone's ONCE...

4.0
0

Pretty landscapes and a standout performance from young Hailee Steinfeld, but lacks the flare and depth of the Coen's better movies. An excellent Jeff Bridges and a couple of the Coens' black comic touches raise it above the ordinary ... just. Jeff Bridges' beard deserves an acting credit.

3.0
0

Never been a fan of the old westerns but rented this on the reviews of others. The story based around a young girl seeking revenge for her fathers death hires a drunk Mr Cogburn andthe incredibly bumbling LaBeouf the young girl who plays the part Im sure will have a very long acting career A briilaint young actress the only gripe i had was about the ending...

5.0
0

Given the rave reviews I had relatively high expectations going in, and wasn't disappointed. Very well cast and written, with a perfect balance of humour, action and dark scenes to make you laugh, jump in your seat and even cry a little at the end. It was a real struggle to make out some of Jeff Bridges' dialogue at times, but the character of Mattie Ross...

4.0
0

Great script. Great actors - in particular Jeff Bridges. Yes it is quite different from the westerns you may have grown up with, but then what would you expect from the Coen brothers? If you are a big fan of the original with John Wayne this may not appeal, but this version is actually closer to the book and I for one thoroughly enjoyed it.

5.0
0

Easily the best film of the year so far, and it will be difficult to beat. Hilarious, moving and epic, all film makers should aspire to be as good as the Coens prove themselves to be here. Stunningly good movie.

5.0
0

Good Cohen bros flick which I enjoyed. Thought the acting was very good. However, I hate movies that the preview for it tells the whole story and this was the case with this movie!

4.0
0

Never saw the John Wayne original (before my time) but enjoyed this Coen cover of a classic. The star in this was feisty 14 year old Mattie Ross played by Hailee Steinfeld. She stood up to Marshall Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) and Texan Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) in her personal quest for justice. Mattie didn't fit with social expectations of her gender in an...

4.0
0

I would love to have a second viewing of this movie as I am sure I missed quite a bit simply because of the heavy accents. What I did catch was thoroughy enjoyable truely drole wit. True Grit was not like the old westerns I saw as a kid - can't recall a single one with a fourteen year old girl as the protagonist; and in true pc form, not an Indian was to...

0

I don't understand all these comments about it not being great. I have recommended this to so many people. I wasn't expecting anything from it and it was so entertaining, wonderful performances, memorable dialogue. The weak point I think is the ending carries on a little too long. I even thought Matt Damon did a great job.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Rather than a case of the Dude doing the Duke, Bridges' irascible old cuss is a genuine original who feels larger than the familiar saga that contains him.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

From a classic western novel, the Coens have fashioned a western in the classic mode. Not only does it have the drop on the 1969 version, it’s the first great movie of 2011.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

In some ways, much like Charles Laughton's "Night of the Hunter," which the Coens quote both musically and visually, True Grit is a parable about good and evil. Only here, the lines between the two are so blurred as to be indistinguishable, making this a true picture of how the West was won, or - depending on your view - lost.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's robustly played and ravishing to look at, with its bullish inhabitants and glorious, bleached-bone cinematography. But its furniture is almost too comfortable and too lovingly restored...

3.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

This is a film by the Coen Brothers, and this is the first straight genre exercise in their career. It's a loving one. Their craftsmanship is a wonder. Their casting is always inspired and exact. The cinematography by Roger Deakins reminds us of the glory that was, and can still be, the Western.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The Dude does the Duke but the kid steals the show

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Well-made and acted Coen Brothers remake lacks the humor and resonance that might have made it memorable.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Terrific: tough, exciting, funny, gorgeous and bewitchingly acted, this is darn close to perfection.

5.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Everybody is at great pains to point out, quite rightly, that this True Grit is not a remake of the 1969 John Wayne movie.

5.0
0

The Coen Brothers rock. TRUE GRIT is a wonderful homage to the Wild West, and Jeff Bridges is superb. Working again with cinematographer, Roger Deakins, the landscapes are pure Western genre heaven. Why only 4 stars? Well, because in the modern Western genre you're up against Clint Eastwood's UNFORGIVEN and THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES and Sergio Leone's ONCE...

4.0
0

Pretty landscapes and a standout performance from young Hailee Steinfeld, but lacks the flare and depth of the Coen's better movies. An excellent Jeff Bridges and a couple of the Coens' black comic touches raise it above the ordinary ... just. Jeff Bridges' beard deserves an acting credit.

3.0
0

Never been a fan of the old westerns but rented this on the reviews of others. The story based around a young girl seeking revenge for her fathers death hires a drunk Mr Cogburn andthe incredibly bumbling LaBeouf the young girl who plays the part Im sure will have a very long acting career A briilaint young actress the only gripe i had was about the...

5.0
0

Given the rave reviews I had relatively high expectations going in, and wasn't disappointed. Very well cast and written, with a perfect balance of humour, action and dark scenes to make you laugh, jump in your seat and even cry a little at the end. It was a real struggle to make out some of Jeff Bridges' dialogue at times, but the character of Mattie Ross...

4.0
0

Great script. Great actors - in particular Jeff Bridges. Yes it is quite different from the westerns you may have grown up with, but then what would you expect from the Coen brothers? If you are a big fan of the original with John Wayne this may not appeal, but this version is actually closer to the book and I for one thoroughly enjoyed it.

5.0
0

Easily the best film of the year so far, and it will be difficult to beat. Hilarious, moving and epic, all film makers should aspire to be as good as the Coens prove themselves to be here. Stunningly good movie.

5.0
0

Good Cohen bros flick which I enjoyed. Thought the acting was very good. However, I hate movies that the preview for it tells the whole story and this was the case with this movie!

4.0
0

Never saw the John Wayne original (before my time) but enjoyed this Coen cover of a classic. The star in this was feisty 14 year old Mattie Ross played by Hailee Steinfeld. She stood up to Marshall Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) and Texan Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) in her personal quest for justice. Mattie didn't fit with social expectations of her gender in an...

4.0
0

I would love to have a second viewing of this movie as I am sure I missed quite a bit simply because of the heavy accents. What I did catch was thoroughy enjoyable truely drole wit. True Grit was not like the old westerns I saw as a kid - can't recall a single one with a fourteen year old girl as the protagonist; and in true pc form, not an Indian was...

0

I don't understand all these comments about it not being great. I have recommended this to so many people. I wasn't expecting anything from it and it was so entertaining, wonderful performances, memorable dialogue. The weak point I think is the ending carries on a little too long. I even thought Matt Damon did a great job.

4.0
0