• PG-13, 1 hr. 32 min.
  • Drama, Romance, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Sue Kramer
    In Theaters:
    Feb 23, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 19, 2007
  • Freestyle Releasing/Yari Film Group

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Gray Matters Reviews

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Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com

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 Source: ReelzChannel.com | Original Score: 4/10

August 23, 2008
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com

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 Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Original Score: 4/11

February 28, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 3, 2007
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Forgettable coming-out comedy for older teens.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

November 1, 2007
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...an amiable misfire.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

July 20, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

June 30, 2007
Kam Williams
EURWeb

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 Source: EURWeb | Original Score: 2/4

June 28, 2007
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Gray's matters are pretty mundane, to tell you the truth

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

May 14, 2007
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

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 Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: D-

March 27, 2007
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

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.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

March 17, 2007
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

Much too eager to please rather than dealing with the messier issues around sexual identity.

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March 13, 2007
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com

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 Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

March 10, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 9, 2007
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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 Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C

March 9, 2007
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

All the characters feel superficial, a sensation heightened by a roster of too-cute secondary characters.

March 9, 2007
Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
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[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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

March 9, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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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 Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

March 9, 2007
Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

March 9, 2007

This movie falls into the gray area between good and just okay.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3/5

March 9, 2007
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

Is New York City populated only by talky, insufferable singles who obsess over their trivial romantic entanglements?

Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL) | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 9, 2007
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