Looking more and more like a Dark Horse in the race for Best Picture at next February's Oscars, the reviews are now pouring in for The Coen Brothers'True Grit. And they're unanimously positive and I mean unanimous. Critical aggregate Rotten Tomatoes now has the Western at a stellar 96% on the Tomatometer.
Here's what many of the bigger names are saying about it:
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post - "True Grit has sweep and scope and entertainment value to burn, but it's Mattie who invests even the grandest aesthetic elements with meaning."
Christy Lemire, The Associated Press - "It's sort of a screwball Western, if you will, with vivid performances and strikingly vast, picturesque vistas, the always gorgeous work of the always great Roger Deakins, the Coens' frequent cinematographer."
Kyle Smith, The New York Post - "The purity of (Hailee) Steinfeld's ability to convey Mattie's guileless sense of justice gives the film plenty of emotional ballast, particularly in the last 20 minutes or so."
Liz Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly - "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."
Peter Debruge, Variety - "It's hard to imagine bigger boots to fill than the ones that earned John Wayne his Oscar in True Grit, and yet Jeff Bridges handily reinvents the iconic role of Rooster Cogburn in the Coen brothers' back-to-the-book remake."
In a nutshell, Jeff Bridges and young Actress Hailee Steinfeld prevail and it gets really good in the end apparently. True Grit hits theatres tomorrow via Paramount Pictures. I will try to post a review by Friday afternoon - don't forget to check back.