films seen
19
average score
1.57*
nationality
USA - 90 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Schmaltzy and sentimental Hollywood cinema that desperately wants to be taken seriously. The appeal of his work is beyond me, but looking at the accolades his films have received he gets away with it, so your mileage may vary.

Solid pieces

Gran Torino

by Clint Eastwood
Specifics
USA, Germany [2008] - 116m
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Gran Torino poster

The inoffensive

Richard Jewell

by Clint Eastwood
Specifics
USA [2019] - 131m
Genre
Drama, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Richard Jewell poster

One of the better Eastwood films I've seen in quite a while. It's an ideal topic for him of course, an all-American hero attacked by justice and the media and left to defend for himself. But he handles it remarkably well, and after a slew of media-hailing dramas it offers some much-needed pushback.

Jewell is a bit of an outcast, an aspiring law enforcer who takes his job a little too serious. Until one fateful day when he discovers a bomb package and urges people to leave a concert, saving many lives in the process. Jewell is declared a hero, but it doesn't take long before the FBI begins to suspect Jewell planted the bomb himself.

The cast is quite something, but it's the relatively unknown Hauser as Jewell who impresses the most. The story is quite predictable and Eastwood neatly sticks to genre conventions, while making sure to stay away from excessive sentiment and too much overt patriotism. Not a great cinematic masterpiece, but solid nonetheless.

Dubious filler

The 15:17 to Paris

by Clint Eastwood
Specifics
USA [2018] - 94m
Genre
Drama, Thriller
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
The 15:17 to Paris poster

Mediocre retelling of the failed terrorist attack on the Thalys. The film earns bonus points for using the actual people present that day, but Eastwood's focus on predestination, patriotism and religion leaves a foul aftertaste. There's also lots of filler material, with little to no time spent on the attacker. Should've been better.

The Mule

by Clint Eastwood
Specifics
Canada, USA [2018] - 116m
Genre
Drama, Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
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Clint Eastwood plays another oldskool, slightly cynical, hardened by life, unpopular old man. It's a role that suits him, but after seeing quite a few Eastwood (directed) films I'm getting more than a bit fed up by it. Though it's probably the tepid and unadventurous direction that's the real mishap here.

Earl is an old man, abandoned by his family because he cares more for his plants than he cares for them. When his granddaughter is about to get married, Earl wants to redeem himself by chipping in to pay for the wedding. Having no money though, he starts working for a Mexican cartel, smuggling drugs with his truck.

The setup isn't too bad and similar to Gran Torino, there's some sly comedy where Eastwood seems to be having a little fun with his reputation. But the second half is way too sentimental, the plot gets dragged out and the film quickly loses steam. Not his worst feature, but I think it would be better if he'd just call it quits.

Sully

by Clint Eastwood
Specifics
USA [2016] - 96m
Genre
Drama, Biography
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
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A rather plain and tepid drama about a plane crash. It features some interesting bits about the media portrayal of heroes, but apart from that it's mostly US patriotism and hero worshipping of the worst kind. Eastwood's direction is as flavorless as ever, so is Hanks' portrayal of Sully. Not terrible, but quite boring.

J. Edgar

by Clint Eastwood
Specifics
USA [2011] - 137m
Genre
Crime, Biography, History
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
J. Edgar poster

Invictus

by Clint Eastwood
Specifics
USA [2009] - 134m
Genre
Drama, Sport, Biography, History
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Invictus poster

Sports drama that can't escape the cringe of an oldskool American director adapting another nation's cultural highlight. Invictus is like most of Eastwood's films. Professionally made, but quite stale, boring and way too sentimental for its own good. Freeman and Damon are okay, the rest of the film not so much.

The Eiger Sanction

by Clint Eastwood
Specifics
USA [1975] - 129m
Genre
Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
The Eiger Sanction poster

Plain forgettable

Jersey Boys

by Clint Eastwood
Specifics
USA [2014] - 134m
Genre
Musical, Biography
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Jersey Boys poster

Hereafter

by Clint Eastwood
Specifics
USA [2010] - 129m
Genre
Romance, Fantasy
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Hereafter poster

Million Dollar Baby

by Clint Eastwood
Specifics
USA [2004] - 132m
Genre
Drama, Sport
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Million Dollar Baby poster

Big nopes

American Sniper

by Clint Eastwood
Specifics
USA [2014] - 133m
Genre
Action, War, Biography
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
American Sniper poster

Changeling

by Clint Eastwood
Specifics
USA [2008] - 141m
Genre
Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Biography
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Changeling poster

Letters from Iwo Jima

by Clint Eastwood
Also known as
Iou Jima Kara no Tegami
Specifics
USA [2006] - 141m
Genre
War
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Letters from Iwo Jima poster

Space Cowboys

by Clint Eastwood
Specifics
USA [2000] - 130m
Genre
Action, Thriller, Adventure
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Space Cowboys poster

Unforgiven

by Clint Eastwood
Specifics
USA [1992] - 130m
Genre
Western
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Unforgiven poster

Heartbreak Ridge

by Clint Eastwood
Specifics
USA [1986] - 130m
Genre
Drama, War
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Heartbreak Ridge poster

Irritation overload

Mystic River

by Clint Eastwood
Specifics
USA, Australia [2003] - 138m
Genre
Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
Mystic River poster

High Plains Drifter

by Clint Eastwood
Specifics
USA [1973] - 105m
Genre
Mystery, Western
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
High Plains Drifter poster