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Gran Torino

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Germany, USA

2008

Rated R • 1h 56m

Director Clint Eastwood

Starring Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley, Scott Eastwood, Bee Vang

Genre Drama

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Kowalski, a disgruntled veteran of the Korean War, lives next door to a Hmong family. When the family's teenage son tries to steal his prize car, Kowalski puts his own beliefs aside and goes up against the local gang that pressured the kid into a life of crime.

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Avery Herman Profile picture for Avery Herman

Eastwood at his actor-director best, the film is a tribute to his legendary status as a champion of good, even though he may be plagued by many flaws.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

90

Village Voice by

Above all, it feels like a summation of everything he (Eastwood) represents as a filmmaker and a movie star, and perhaps also a farewell.
75

ReelViews by James Berardinelli

An amazingly over-the-top anti-racism parable but, despite its obvious shortcomings, it is nevertheless effective and affecting.
75

The A.V. Club by Keith Phipps

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.
90

Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

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.
91

Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

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.
88

Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

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.
70

Variety by Todd McCarthy

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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