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The Passion of the Ram: 'The Wrestler'new

The Wrestler is a moving character study, featuring an amazing lead performance from Mickey Rourke.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur and Shawn Stone  |  02-03-2009  |  Reviews

Clint Eastwood, the Jolly Racistnew

Eastwood gets sloppy in the unrealistic, not-so-subtle Gran Torino.
Tucson Weekly  |  Bob Grimm  |  01-15-2009  |  Reviews

Eastwood Updates Himself in 'Gran Torino'new

As an actor, Clint Eastwood is the most distinctly American film icon since John Wayne.
INDY Week  |  Neil Morris  |  01-08-2009  |  Reviews

Movie Buzz: 'Bride Wars'new

Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway match wits in Bride Wars while Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino opens in wide release. Movie Buzz looks at all of this week's major movie openers.
Metro Spirit  |  Mariah Gardner  |  01-07-2009  |  TV

Clint Eastwood Bids a Limp Farewell to Acting in the Laughable 'Gran Torino'

As Eastwood delivers his self-professed farewell performance in Gran Torino, people are lining up to hand him gold statuettes -- this despite the fact this may be one of the worst performances ever by a guy who's turned in a lot of fairly lame ones.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Scott Renshaw  |  01-02-2009  |  Reviews

'Benjamin Button' & 'Gran Torino': Showcasing Artful Codgersnew

Two of the holiday season's most prestigious, Oscar-baiting movies seem informed by the resentment of aging and mortality summed up in Dylan Thomas' poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night."
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Curt Holman  |  12-24-2008  |  Reviews

Clint Eastwood, America's Directornew

"You've made the first movie of the Obama generation!" exclaimed an audience member, as he rushed up to Clint Eastwood after a recent screening of Gran Torino. "Well," the 78-year-old actor-director replied, without missing a beat, "I was actually born under Hoover."
L.A. Weekly  |  Scott Foundas  |  12-19-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

'Gran Torino' is a Gleeful Astonishmentnew

Gran Torino is a dark comedy, an engaged anecdote about class and race, a stripped-down example of palooka art, and Clint Eastwood, at 78, has made a modest yet almost radical entertainment.
Chicago Newcity  |  Ray Pride  |  12-17-2008  |  Reviews

Clint Eastwood Finds Salvation in 'Gran Torino'new

Above all, Gran Torino feels like a summation of everything he represents as a filmmaker and a movie star, and perhaps also a farewell.
L.A. Weekly  |  Scott Foundas  |  12-12-2008  |  Reviews

'Gran Torino' Finds Clint Funny and Still Toughnew

While Gran Torino is not without serious aspects, it feels far more "commercial" than Changeling or than such Eastwood award-winners as Bird, Unforgiven, Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby.
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Andy Klein  |  12-12-2008  |  Reviews

Clint Eastwood Casts Himself as a Nice Archie Bunker in 'Gran Torino'new

To insist that Eastwood's trite, B-movie storytelling is classical requires an excessive regard for junk. Gran Torino is a calculated throwback to All in the Family's topicality, plus a comic/tragic star vehicle for Eastwood to show off his late-career legend as a serious actor-auteur.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  12-11-2008  |  Reviews

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