Parents' Guide to

True Grit

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Coen brothers tackle classic Western with wit and brutality.

Movie PG-13 2010 110 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 37 parent reviews

age 15+

A strong film because of very strong performances.

I watched the original film a few years ago and was not a fan so I took my time before I decided to watch the Coen brothers version and have I been missing out! This is a wonderful Western that Bridges and Steinfeld dominate. The film offers many characters throughout to display their true grit as the story unfolds. They are both strong and vulnerable, but their integrity as they try to survive a world that attacks them, holds firm. The film does not let up in that it feels like every scene has something you want to see as the story continues to unfold and unravel as Mattie Ross infers that the protagonists are all changed people because of their association and maybe so are we.
age 13+

A Violent, Incredible Movie

The movie is amazing. Parents should know, though, that there is a scene midway through the movie in which a man chops off another man's fingers, and is subsequently shot in the head at close range. This shows blood splatter a wall behind him, and a large, jagged, and nasty-looking hole can be seen on his face. The main character Maddi Ross demonstrates great character traits, and the movie has some profanity, including SOB and GD. Overall, not too bad, and I can recommend this movie for teens and up.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (37):
Kids say (97):

In this Western filled with gorgeous landscapes and action-packed shootouts, the Coen brothers display a vision of a Wild West that is indeed wild -- but also honorable. They went back to Portis' original text and have transformed it into a work of art that stands on its own, apart and different from the 1969 adaptation. Laconic stretches explode with violence and relax with wit and humor on a stage peopled with extraordinary actors, with Bridges as the master. It's a true Western, made for both the genre's connoisseurs and newcomers.

The biggest revelation, besides how hokey-yet-winning Damon can be, is Steinfeld. Her role requires the ability to stand up against two award-winning actors and portray a teen who tackles adult responsibilities fully while both grieving and avenging the loss of a parent -- true grit, in other words -- and she executes perfectly. From start to finish, True Grit plays as it should, and well.

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