Gran Torino

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Gran Torino
Gran Torino
  • R
  • 1h 57m
  • 2008
Certified Fresh81%
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Clint Eastwood, the Academy Award-winning director of Million Dollar Baby and Unforgiven and Academy-nominated director of Letters From Iwo Jima and Mystic River, returns to direct and star in his first role since his Oscar-nominated performance in Million Dollar Baby. Retired auto worker, Korean War veteran and widower Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) is waiting out the rest of his life. His neighbors have all moved or passed away, replaced by Hmong immigrants he despises and aimless gangs of African American and Latino teenagers. Then someone tries to steal his prized Gran Torino, the car he helped built on his own assembly line. And by standing up to the thieves, Walt Kowalski becomes the unintended hero who changes the lives of his neighbors, of a boy being pushed into crime by local gangs -- and of his own life as well.
© 2008 MATTEN PRODUCTIONS GmbH & Co. KG. © 2008 Warner Bros Entertainment Inc.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh81%
Critics Consensus: Though a minor entry in Eastwood's body of work, Gran Torino is nevertheless a humorous, touching, and intriguing old-school parable.
Reviews
Time Out
Ben Kenigsberg
Fresh

September 12, 2017
Time Out
Joshua Rothkopf
Rotten

September 12, 2017
Film.com
Christine Champ
Fresh

Though the film feels like a requiem, Kowalski's heart is still defiantly beating.

June 22, 2017
Entertainment Weekly
Fresh

June 21, 2017
Times (UK)
Cosmo Landesman
Fresh

Seeing the new inclusive Clint shows an old dog can learn new tricks. But like Walt himself, I can...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Eastwood drama deals with racism and other raw stuff.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even though this drama is about a prejudiced character coming to know and accept people of another race, it's loaded with racial invective and harsh racist language aimed at a broad spectrum of groups. Star Clint Eastwood's character isn't much of a role model, either -- unrepentantly grumpy, smoking, and drinking throughout the film -- and while he ultimately learns to respect some of his Asian neighbors, many other Asian characters (and some African American and Latino ones) are depicted as gang members and criminals. The movie is also remarkably violent in spots, with bloody beatings and brutal shootings depicted realistically and unflinchingly. All of that said, the underlying message is one of acceptance and understanding.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 12, 2008
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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