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Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) joins an aging U.S. marshal (Jeff Bridges) and another lawman (Matt Damon) in tracking her father's killer into hostile Indian territory in Joel and Ethan Coen's adaptation of Charles Portis' original novel. Sticking more closely to the source material than the 1969 feature adaptation starring Western icon John Wayne, the Coens' True Grit tells the story from the young girl's perspective, and re-teams the celebrated filmmaking duo with their No Country for Old Men producing partner Scott Rudin. Josh Brolin and Barry Pepper… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It could be the Coens' most straightforward film, but it's also one of their best."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"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."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"A fascinating study in how two films can follow the same source material fairly closely but come up with interpretations so tonally, spiritually different--but equally valid."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Duke has been usurped by the Dude, and I couldn't be more thrilled by the experience of watching one of our finest actors take a role as iconic as Rooster Cogburn and indisputably make it his own."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Non-gritty update a step up from John Wayne and Glen Campbell"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"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."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"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
"Fantastic performances all around, great dialogue and damn fine filmmaking make this one of the best of the year."
‑ Matt Joseph, We Got This Covered
"It may not rank among the Coen Brothers' greatest works, but their new adaptation of the Portis novel is intriguing to watch, beautifully filmed, and well worth taking a look at for the fascinating characters."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"... The best of both worlds: a classic Western and classic Coen brothers."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"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
"A great film that will stand the test of time."
‑ Laremy Legel,
"With his leisurely growl, somewhere between trail-grizzled and post-nap, Bridges sounds as if he's talking through his collar, in a vocal performance that's entertaining no matter what he's saying."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"True Grit is as close to Disney as the Coens get. And go figure, this time out, it is meant as a compliment."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"...a traditional Western that's been augmented with a number of irresistibly off-kilter elements."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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