Gran Torino

Gran Torino

Gran Torino

In his first role since Million Dollar Baby (which he also directed), Clint Eastwood plays a disgruntled Korean War veteran called Walt Kowalski. His adult children are trying to get him to move into a retirement home, but he resists. When Kowalski’s neighbour, a young Hmong teenager, tries to steal his prized car – a 1972 Gran Torino – he goes all Dirty Harry and starts taking the law into his own hands.

2008Rating: R16, contains violence & offensive language117 minsUSA
ActionDrama
Director:
Clint Eastwood ('Changeling', 'Letters from Iwo Jima', 'Flags of Our Fathers', 'Million Dollar Baby', 'Mystic River', 'Unforgiven')
Writer:
Nick SchenkDave Johannson
Cast:
Clint EastwoodCory HardrictJohn Carroll LynchGeraldine HughesBrian HaleyDreama Walker
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Village Voice

Village Voice

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Above all, it feels like a summation of everything he (Eastwood) represents as a filmmaker and a movie star, and perhaps also a farewell.

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Variety

Variety

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Highlighted by the star's vastly entertaining performance, this funny, broad but ultimately serious-minded drama about an old-timer driven to put things right in his deteriorating neighborhood looks to be a big audience-pleaser.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Mr. Eastwood is also an adept director of his own performances and, perhaps more important, a canny manipulator of his own iconographic presence.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Perhaps the best thing about Schenk's script is that it enticed Eastwood to end his self-imposed acting hiatus and bring his one-of-a-kind aura back to the screen.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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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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Film Threat

Film Threat

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Gran Torino is not a masterpiece. It’s a fun character drama that features a knowing but winning final performance by Clint Eastwood and just enough commentary to make it worth discussing.

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Clint Eastwood has been good before, but his role here is surely the biggest powerhouse display of screen presence he's given us for a while. The less-than-PC dialogue he lets rip with is just what this decade of film needed, particularly as somehow his character manages to be likeable at the same time. Eastwood aside, the screenwriter clearly got really...

4.0
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Racism does not always go down well in a movie but this one pulls out all the punches. Clint as actor, producer and director makes a great job of this and brings a different view of the Korean War to anyone getting a look at this.

5.0
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Great movie. Must-watch film. Clint Eastwood, as usual is terrific!!

4.0
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This is among the best movies I have ever seen. A mix of disgruntled War Vet, racism, violence, sadness and humour, with a lovely car taking frames from time to time. We should all see this movie .. you will be moved

5.0
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I am a fan of clint eastwood but this film was not his forte. It carried a very nice message about family and racism but weak scripting and cast made it very corny it was slow moving my partner was so close to falling asleep through this so got to say im dissapointed

1.0
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I really enjoyed this movie, I went to it not knowing what to expect really, I just had the faith that Clint Eastwood would deliver & he did! The movie had a good balance of humour / drama & it managed to stir up the emotions at the end. Definitely worth a look. Cheers, G

4.0
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Clint at his "make my day" best.

4.0
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An excellent performance and portrayal of the difficulties Indo-Chinese have as immigrants to USA and elsewhere following the horrors of the Vietnam war and Pol Pot attrocities. In true Clint Eastwood style he has included Hmong people in as many roles and capacities as possible on the making of the film. The music is excellent as always in Eastwood...

5.0
0

this film has many comedic moments not least Clint's many grizzled expressions of distate and it is fair to say that he carries this movie entirely. The script is entirely formulaic and more than a little unbelievable culminating in a finish that would sit better in one of his early westerns-still worth a look just to revel in Eastwood on screen.

3.0
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Clint Eastwood is great in this, and there is so much more humour than I had expected. But the Hmong teenager is weak, and the ending is also very unbelievable. So the first half is great, but the second half is actually kind of ridiculous.

3.0
0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

Above all, it feels like a summation of everything he (Eastwood) represents as a filmmaker and a movie star, and perhaps also a farewell.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Highlighted by the star's vastly entertaining performance, this funny, broad but ultimately serious-minded drama about an old-timer driven to put things right in his deteriorating neighborhood looks to be a big audience-pleaser.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Mr. Eastwood is also an adept director of his own performances and, perhaps more important, a canny manipulator of his own iconographic presence.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Perhaps the best thing about Schenk's script is that it enticed Eastwood to end his self-imposed acting hiatus and bring his one-of-a-kind aura back to the screen.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

Gran Torino is not a masterpiece. It’s a fun character drama that features a knowing but winning final performance by Clint Eastwood and just enough commentary to make it worth discussing.

0

Clint Eastwood has been good before, but his role here is surely the biggest powerhouse display of screen presence he's given us for a while. The less-than-PC dialogue he lets rip with is just what this decade of film needed, particularly as somehow his character manages to be likeable at the same time. Eastwood aside, the screenwriter clearly got really...

4.0
0

Racism does not always go down well in a movie but this one pulls out all the punches. Clint as actor, producer and director makes a great job of this and brings a different view of the Korean War to anyone getting a look at this.

5.0
0

Great movie. Must-watch film. Clint Eastwood, as usual is terrific!!

4.0
0

This is among the best movies I have ever seen. A mix of disgruntled War Vet, racism, violence, sadness and humour, with a lovely car taking frames from time to time. We should all see this movie .. you will be moved

5.0
0

I am a fan of clint eastwood but this film was not his forte. It carried a very nice message about family and racism but weak scripting and cast made it very corny it was slow moving my partner was so close to falling asleep through this so got to say im dissapointed

1.0
0

I really enjoyed this movie, I went to it not knowing what to expect really, I just had the faith that Clint Eastwood would deliver & he did! The movie had a good balance of humour / drama & it managed to stir up the emotions at the end. Definitely worth a look. Cheers, G

4.0
0

Clint at his "make my day" best.

4.0
0

An excellent performance and portrayal of the difficulties Indo-Chinese have as immigrants to USA and elsewhere following the horrors of the Vietnam war and Pol Pot attrocities. In true Clint Eastwood style he has included Hmong people in as many roles and capacities as possible on the making of the film. The music is excellent as always in Eastwood...

5.0
0

this film has many comedic moments not least Clint's many grizzled expressions of distate and it is fair to say that he carries this movie entirely. The script is entirely formulaic and more than a little unbelievable culminating in a finish that would sit better in one of his early westerns-still worth a look just to revel in Eastwood on screen.

3.0
0

Clint Eastwood is great in this, and there is so much more humour than I had expected. But the Hmong teenager is weak, and the ending is also very unbelievable. So the first half is great, but the second half is actually kind of ridiculous.

3.0
0