Gran Torino

Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34

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  1. A movie at once understated and radical, deceptively unremarkable in presentation and ballsy in its earnestness. Don't let the star's overly familiar squint fool you: This is subtle, perceptive stuff.
  2. 90
    Above all, it feels like a summation of everything he (Eastwood) represents as a filmmaker and a movie star, and perhaps also a farewell.
  3. 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.
  4. Mr. Eastwood is also an adept director of his own performances and, perhaps more important, a canny manipulator of his own iconographic presence.
  5. Eastwood finds the humorous aspects of the character as well, no more so than when the appetite of the widower who lives on beef jerky and Pabst Blue Ribbon becomes the center of attention among the Hmong women cooks.
  6. 88
    A lifetime in movies runs through this prime vintage Eastwood performance. You can't take your eyes off him. The no-frills, no-bull Gran Torino made my day.
  7. 88
    It's also a terrific, career-capping role for Eastwood, who claims he's now retired as an actor. He shows off his comic chops more fully than in any film since "Bronco Billy" more than a quarter-century ago.
  8. 88
    Stars Eastwood as an American icon once again -- this time as a cantankerous, racist, beer-chugging retired Detroit autoworker who keeps his shotgun ready to lock and load. Dirty Harry on a pension, we're thinking, until we realize that only the autoworker retired; Dirty Harry is still on the job.
  9. 88
    The movie is supremely entertaining -- and often hilarious.
  10. It's a meditation, as affecting as it is entertaining, on the limits of violence and the power of unchained empathy.
  11. 80
    The movie was not written for Eastwood, but it still seems to be all about him--his past characters, his myth, his old role as a dispenser of raw justice.
  12. 80
    If you can survive the F-bombs and the near-constant ethnic invective, Gran Torino is not to be missed, if only as the gutsy, thoroughly unexpected valedictory of an icon fully willing to spend every bit of his considerable capital.
  13. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    80
    Simply terrific, enormously watchable and an absolute must for all Eastwood fans. Gotta say it: this film will make your day.
  14. 75
    An amazingly over-the-top anti-racism parable but, despite its obvious shortcomings, it is nevertheless effective and affecting.
  15. 75
    Eastwood directs with his usual relaxed pace and bursts of intensity, a style that's pleasing to watch--and which, also as usual, never fully compensates for any shortcomings of the script handed to him.
  16. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    Earnest and understated, Gran Torino is an unflinching examination of themes that have fascinated Eastwood in most of his recent films: family, war, loss, faith and unexpected human connection.
  17. For those who gripe that America doesn't make cars or movies like it used to, Clint Eastwood has two words for you: Gran Torino.
  18. This movie seems even rougher around the edges than much of his past work. Still, it's hard to resist.
  19. 75
    Gran Torino amounts to one more elegiac movement in Eastwood's astonishing late-career symphony.
  20. This is Eastwood's first acting job since "Million Dollar Baby," and his range, like his raspiness, is fairly one-note.
  21. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    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.
  22. 70
    Until Gran Torino starts rumbling headlong toward its tone-deaf, self-serious ending -- the script is by Nick Schenk -- it's often enjoyable, satisfying and funny.
  23. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    70
    Eastwood's furthest venture yet into the comic possibilities of his flintier-than-thou persona.
  24. The movie is ludicrous, but Eastwood’s consistency is poignant. He has an agenda and sticks to it.
  25. 70
    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.
  26. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    An endlessly fascinating movie. If only it were a good one.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 659 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 18 out of 207
  1. Sep 4, 2010
    9
    This movie has one of the most interesting main characters I have seen in a very long time, and if it didn't have that it would have gotten aThis movie has one of the most interesting main characters I have seen in a very long time, and if it didn't have that it would have gotten a much lower score from me. Eastwood's performance is amazing. Full Review »
  2. Jun 19, 2013
    9
    One of his best movies yet.We need more movies like this its action and a few funny parts.As of always eastwood is a perfect actor he alwaysOne of his best movies yet.We need more movies like this its action and a few funny parts.As of always eastwood is a perfect actor he always gets the job done. Full Review »
  3. Jan 8, 2011
    8
    A film that speaks to the perceptual tensions humans face in the most significant of facets, and does so with such poise and audacity that theA film that speaks to the perceptual tensions humans face in the most significant of facets, and does so with such poise and audacity that the viewer can't help but adore. What compels "Gran Torino" to its bold of state is the lingering emotive responses we feel from Eastwood, who merely from a glance, tells the story of life through the aged, piercing eyes that burrows inside of you, and demands of your notice. Visually, "Gran Torino" may appear to be an "out-of-it's-prime," vintage piece of work, but the engine thrives and subdues its supposed insipidity to its previously prime state where its gritty demeanor flourishes. Full Review »