"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."
Wall Street Journal (12/24/2010)
3.5 star out of 4 -- "The casting is always inspired and exact. The cinematography by Roger Deakins reminds us of the glory that was, and can still be, the Western."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (12/22/2010)
3 stars out of 4 -- "TRUE GRIT has sweep and scope and entertainment value to burn..."
Washington Post (12/22/2010)
"Joel and Ethan Coen have pulled off an impressive feat: repurposing a classic film with their idiosyncratic blend of dark, deadpan humor and palpable suspense..."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (12/22/2010)
"The Coens direct TRUE GRIT with a light touch....It's simultaneously rollicking and grave, alternating moments of fine dark humor with startling violence..." -- Grade: A-
A.V. Club - Keith Phipps (12/21/2010)
"The best of the new TRUE GRIT comes from the actors who bring their vivid characters to life....With typically impeccable dusty-Western cinematography by Roger Deakins..." -- Grade: B+
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (12/24/2010)
Included in USA Today's "10 Best Films Of 2010" -- "The Coen brothers fire on all cylinders with this remake of the 1969 Western..."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (12/31/2010)
5 stars out of 5 -- "TRUE GRIT is really about Jeff Bridges, giving another peerless performance for the Coens....Certainly with TRUE GRIT, he's done great work in a great film."
Uncut - Michael Bonner (02/01/2011)
"Both musically and visually, TRUE GRIT is a parable about good and evil. Only here, the lines between the two are so blurred as to be indistinguishable, making this a true picture of how the West was won or -- depending on your view -- lost."
New York Times - Manohla Dargis (12/21/2010)
"Alternately somber, funny, elegiac and steadfastly if unconventionally moral....The Coens use the landscape beautifully, capturing the majesty of ripply baptismal rivers and craggy, charred-bone trees alike."
Movieline - Stephanie Zacharek (12/22/2010)
5 stars out of 5 -- "All credit to Damon, who plays down the Texan's vanity and braggadocio, leaving just enough of it in evidence to be funny without being off-putting."
Total Film - Philip Kemp (12/21/2010)
"The brothers clearly enjoy adopting Portis's dry plainspoken idiom....Bridges sounds as if he's talking through his collar, in a vocal performance that's entertaining no matter what he's saying..."
Film Comment - Nicolas Rapold (01/01/2011)
"The production, by their regular team, is formally superb....The Coens inject something of its macabre fairytale timbre, retaining the book's grotesque touches and adding more."
Sight and Sound - Ben Walters (02/01/2011)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The Coens have crafted a vastly entertaining Wild West show that is memorable in every particular."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (12/21/2010)
"One of their most broadly entertaining films yet....The Coen brothers worked hard, and successfully, at serving the buoyant novel as well as being true to their own black comic brio."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (12/22/2010)