(2010)

Critic Reviews

80

Metascore

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90
Boxoffice Magazine
Smartly emphasizing Portis' quirky dialogue and dark comic tone, the Coens show the flare that made them famous.
90
The New Yorker
For the Coens, the plot elements are a given; the telling is all. [20 & 27 Dec. 2010, p. 144]
88
The Coens have fashioned one of the best Westerns in recent years - a modern reworking of a classic that never feels superfluous.
83
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.
80
Well-made and acted Coen Brothers remake lacks the humor and resonance that might have made it memorable.
80
Variety
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.
80
True Grit isn't as momentous an event as you might hope, but once you adjust to its deliberate rhythms (it starts slowly), it's a charming, deadpan Western comedy.
80
To make a Western now is in itself a subversive act. Improving, embellishing and reclaiming an old-fashioned oater from the vintage studio-cheese bin with such humor and vigor seems truly, truly ballsy.
75
Orlando Sentinel
Matt Damon is an interesting, chatty choice to play Laboeuf.
25
New York Observer
The original western won John Wayne a puzzling and undeserved Oscar for finally falling off his horse. Don't expect the same miracle for Jeff Bridges. In the numbing hands of pretentious filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, history does not repeat itself in any way whatsoever.

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