Gray Matters Reviews

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Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
August 23, 2008
Pretty quickly it disintegrates into a mishmash of character caricatures competing for airtime in which to spit out overly quirky dialogue in predictable set-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
February 28, 2008
While the light and whimsical comic timing of the leads carry the film far, even they cannot blind us to Gray Matters' many shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/11
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 3, 2007
Graham carries this for a while, but Kramer spends entirely too much time weakly satirizing Graham's job at an advertising agency, where Molly Shannon's a kvetching coworker.
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
November 1, 2007
Forgettable coming-out comedy for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 20, 2007
...an amiable misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 30, 2007
In its genre writer-director Sue Kramer's film sets a new record for bright shining peepers and dimply smirks. It's enough to kill Buster Keaton's entire family.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kam Williams
EURWeb
June 28, 2007
Despite being bogged down by several distracting, extended dance numbers, this zany farce has just enough momentum and surprises along the way to hold one's interest for the duration. But it'll help immeasurably if you're a devotee of daytime soap operas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
May 14, 2007
Gray's matters are pretty mundane, to tell you the truth
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
March 27, 2007
Decked out in its fondness for old Hollywood films and American songbook standards, Gray Matters borrows the wallpaper from a Nancy Meyers movie to decorate its empty room.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
March 17, 2007
Gray Matters feels dated: Gray's self-identity confusion is less "adorable" than annoying, and both she and Charlie appear exceptionally clueless about what's going on.
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
March 13, 2007
Much too eager to please rather than dealing with the messier issues around sexual identity.
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
March 10, 2007
I can't recommend it for gay audiences, the presumed target demographic, because they are likely to find it innocuous at best and downright insulting at worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 9, 2007
The writing isn't sharp enough for the film to work as comedy, nor are the characters real enough for the audience to connect emotionally.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 9, 2007
First-time director Sue Kramer allows [Graham] to mug her way through every scene. You find yourself constantly wanting to cry out: 'Heather, please, a little less!'
Full Review | Original Score: C
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
March 9, 2007
All the characters feel superficial, a sensation heightened by a roster of too-cute secondary characters.
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
March 9, 2007
[Heather Graham's] never looked better, despite the unflattering digital video format, which makes it all the more tragic that she's not appearing in better material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 9, 2007
There is, one has to assume, a pretty good old-fashioned screwball comedy in all this, but director-writer Sue Kramer seems to have grown up watching Rhoda so Graham, usually a capable actress, has not a word of actual dialogue, only gag lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
March 9, 2007
Nearly every scene of this movie rings hollow, mainly because we can never really believe that what we're seeing up on the screen could truly happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 9, 2007
This movie falls into the gray area between good and just okay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
March 9, 2007
Is New York City populated only by talky, insufferable singles who obsess over their trivial romantic entanglements?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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