91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A movie at once understated and radical, deceptively unremarkable in presentation and ballsy in its earnestness. Don't let the star's overly familiar squint fool you: This is subtle, perceptive stuff.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A lifetime in movies runs through this prime vintage Eastwood performance. You can't take your eyes off him. The no-frills, no-bull Gran Torino made my day.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Stars Eastwood as an American icon once again -- this time as a cantankerous, racist, beer-chugging retired Detroit autoworker who keeps his shotgun ready to lock and load. Dirty Harry on a pension, we're thinking, until we realize that only the autoworker retired; Dirty Harry is still on the job.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's a meditation, as affecting as it is entertaining, on the limits of violence and the power of unchained empathy.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
For those who gripe that America doesn't make cars or movies like it used to, Clint Eastwood has two words for you: Gran Torino.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Earnest and understated, Gran Torino is an unflinching examination of themes that have fascinated Eastwood in most of his recent films: family, war, loss, faith and unexpected human connection.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
An endlessly fascinating movie. If only it were a good one.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Eastwood has always had the gift for comedy in his acting repertoire, but he indulges in it only rarely. His fans might embrace this return to comedy.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Eastwood's performance is the movie's centerpiece, and as you might expect, it's just tough enough to hold everything together.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Maybe this mixed-up and weird, awful but awfully likable movie is what Dirty Harry had coming to him, after all.
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72 out of 100
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