88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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.
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85

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
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.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
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.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Well-made and acted Coen Brothers remake lacks the humor and resonance that might have made it memorable.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A wonderfully entertaining, beautiful Western drama that lets the quirks of the genre gallop freely as it keeps a tight rein throughout.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This isn't a rousing movie as much as a reassurance. The brothers (Coens) prove they can play it straight, but they're preferred, for better and worse, at a sharp angle.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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