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True Grit (2010)



Critic Consensus: Girded by strong performances from Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, and lifted by some of the Coens' most finely tuned, unaffected work, True Grit is a worthy companion to the Charles Portis book.

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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 co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Hailee Steinfeld
as Mattie Ross
Jeff Bridges
as Rooster Cogburn
Matt Damon
as LaBoeuf
Josh Brolin
as Tom Chaney
Barry Pepper
as "Lucky" Ned Pepper
Dakin Matthews
as Colonel Stonehill
Domhnall Gleeson
as Moon (The Kid)
Paul Rae
as Emmett Quincy
Leon Russom
as Sheriff
Jarleth Conroy
as Undertaker
Bruce Green
as Harold Parmalee
Ed Lee Corbin
as Bear Man
Candyce Hinkle
as Boarding House Landlady
Peter Leung
as Mr. Lee
Don Pirl
as Cole Younger
Joe Stevens
as Cross-examining Lawyer
David Lipman
as First Lawyer
Jake Walker
as Judge Parker
Ty Mitchell
as Ferryman
Nicholas Sadler
as Repentant Condemned Man
Scott Sowers
as Unrepentant Condemned Man
Jonathan Joss
as Condemned Indian
Maggie Goodman
as Woman at Hanging
Brandon Sanderson
as Indian Youth at Bagby's
Ruben Nakai Campana
as Indian Youth at Bagby's
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Critic Reviews for True Grit

All Critics (275) | Top Critics (77)

I thought the film was excellent... [But] Don't skimp on the development of female characters just because the complexities are difficult to represent. We're going to notice.

January 8, 2021 | Full Review…

Henry Hathaway's 1969 adaptation was highly faithful... The Coens' movie is less faithful than Hathaway's but stronger - the production, by their regular team, is formally superb - and weirder.

July 10, 2018

Disappointing overall, though entertaining at times, True Grit isn't exactly the Coen brothers best movie but they get an A for effort.

September 8, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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.

July 1, 2013 | Full Review…

Jeff Bridges is rough and rowdy marshal Ruben "Rooster" Cogburn, and manages to put his own stamp on the role made famous in 1969 by John Wayne. It's no surprise that he knows how to bring a wide palette of colors to this character, and he seems to be...

June 23, 2011

This True Grit is timeless.

June 6, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for True Grit

Out of all westerns I've seen (being only 3) this is probably the second best to me (Cowboys and Aliens being my favorite,) Its extremely well acted, the action, though very little, is still very well done, also the comedy is also pretty funny, though some of the comedy comes from how random some of the scenes are such as the bear guy. The film is also much like a horror movie, with some pretty brutal deaths and some pretty graphic frights like some hanging man they have to cut down from the trees. The one flaw I dislike about this movie is that Jeff Bridges is very hard to understand in a lot of moments in the film (Thank God for Subtitles on DVDs.) But overall this is a fantastic film.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

Wonderful direction, strong performances from all, and beautiful cinematography add up to a great modern Western from the Coen brothers.

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

Super Reviewer


A mesmerizing epopee that evokes the true grandeur of classic Westerns, with a beautiful melancholy score, well-developed characters, a magnificent cinematography, endless memorable lines and top-notch performances, especially from Bridges and Steinfeld.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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