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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    What makes True Grit a new classic for the Coens is the way the brothers absorb the unfairly unsung Portis into their DNA, like they did with Cormac McCarthy in "No Country for Old Men." True Grit is packed with action and laughs, plus a touching coda with an older Mattie, but it's the dialogue that really sings. Great filmmaking. Great acting. Great movie. Saddle up. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    If there's one big difference between this version and the old, it's in the attitude toward violence. The new version may be more graphic, but it doesn't present violence as inevitable or necessary, just ugly. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The original "True Grit" might have been eclipsed by John Wayne's larger-than-life persona, but the Coen brothers' remake is an ensemble piece that feels freshly their own. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Remaking a cherished movie is not, to borrow a fancy phrase from the dialogue, malum in se - wrong in itself - but there are always losses along with the changes and gains. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    A wonderfully entertaining, beautiful Western drama that lets the quirks of the genre gallop freely as it keeps a tight rein throughout. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 85
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Mattie is a no-nonsense mite with a forthright manner and a mean head for figures; she wears her hair in two sturdy braids whose tips have never seen the inside of any inkwell, believe you me. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The Coens have fashioned one of the best Westerns in recent years - a modern reworking of a classic that never feels superfluous. show more

  • November 19, 2012 rg00000000132369
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    I like the braids

  • September 05, 2011 rynmcpherson
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    I\'m getting pretty irritated with these people saying crap like \"i can\'t believe they remade this movie\" and \"they completely ruined the ending\" and so on.... my response...READ THE FREAKING BOOK!!!!!!! They did NOT remake the old one, they readapted the book!!! they didn\'t even have the old one in mind when they made it!! the old one, hardly stuck to the book at all, ESPECIALLY the ending. the ending to the new one, was exactly how the book ended! the way Bridges portrayed Cogburn was way closer to how the book portrayed him than Wayne did, who was just the exact same character in his movies...himself. and besides that, I didn\'t think Wayne was all that good in this. the lines from both movies came straight out of the book. does that answer your questions about the lines?!?!

  • August 27, 2011 riohondo30
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  • June 30, 2011 xw00000000094425
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    Don,t even bother,john wayne as Rooster Cogburn was far, far superior,one star for Jeff Bridges.

  • June 21, 2011 rfswampfox
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    I can\'t really compare the two film versions, apples and oranges, but the new adaptation remains far more faithful to both the book and to the times portrayed. Bridges\' performance is the real standout feature here, easily among the two or three finest western character performances in American cinema. One unintended continuity flaw in the closing moments of the narrative, but measured against the scope of what this film achieved, it hardly matters. A damn fine film, though perhaps not ideal for the dedicated John Wayne fan

  • June 21, 2011 qx00000000093384
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    Great movie, with a realistically depressing end.

  • June 19, 2011 pb00000000093179
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    I hope the directors of the \"NEW\" True Grit realize that there was a seaqual to the movie called \"Rooster Cogburn\" . They ruined the movie by killing Marshall Cogburn and destroying the seaqual....without him, how can there be a second movie? I think that if John Wayne were still alive he would have some choice words about the ending of the \"NEW\" TRUE GRIT. In conclusion directors, ur homework next time before u go and kill off the main character. I WAS DAMN SURE DISAPPOINTED.

  • June 16, 2011 kipfit
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    Terriific acting!

  • June 11, 2011 Terry
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    When will foks learn that you can\'t improve on perfection? Love Jeff Bridges, but his attempts at a whisky voice come off as laughable and the Duke\'s Rooster Cogburn was far, far superior to Jeff\'s portrayal.. This is satire and it embarrasses me.

  • June 07, 2011 MCSAME1808
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    I wish I could give this movie a half star, because, it doesn't even come close to the original!!! peeeee-u!!! a real stinker!!! I like jeff bridges, but in this movie, very-boring and predictable!!! he phoned-in this acting part!!!! peeeee-u!!!! very-disapointed!!!!! the maddy charactor talks too-fast, you can;t understand her bad acting/accent!!! redneck meets ghetto-mixed-girl!!! peeee-u!!!! she needs to go back to the ghetto!!!!! all the charactors/casting was bad from the start of this stink-fest!!!! save your money!!!!! this remake was a hit and a miss!!!! it deserves the rasberry award!!!!! peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee---u!!!!!!!

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