• 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

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
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
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
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
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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It's so awful that it enters that weird realm in which it becomes actively annoying. The moviegoer sits there, hoping the characters will be tortured and die horrible deaths.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 1/5

March 8, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Gray's identity issues -- presumably the movie's main focus -- share time with too many subsidiary scenes that seem (rightly or wrongly) to have been written for as many actor-friends of the filmmakers as possible.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 8, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Everybody talks so fast that you'd swear you were hearing snappy banter. You aren't. Not really.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

March 8, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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One of those completely disposable and clumsy attempts to make a gay romantic comedy that constantly slips on its own good intentions.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: D

March 8, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This movie is dopey.

March 5, 2007
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Gray Matters is trying so hard to be charming and screwball (not to mention politically correct) that it trips all over itself.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/6

March 3, 2007
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Attempts to do Woody Allen by way of Nora Ephron, but romantic comedies in that vein are only as good as their banter, and Gray Matters' banter is conspicuously sub-par.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

March 3, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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[Heather Graham] needs something to counteract her wholesomeness. In Gray Matters -- her name is Gray, get it? -- what you see is what you get. The fact that her character 'discovers' she is gay is as unbelievable as it is contrived.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: D

March 1, 2007
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Another coming-out flop.

February 28, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Graham makes the coming-out dithering bearable, but not before she has jumped through hoops of contrivance.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

February 28, 2007
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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If Gray Matters follows the standard screwball comedy format, the two halves of its hybrid style don't mesh. Compared to Gray Matters, even a Nora Ephron bonbon has the weight of urban neo-realism.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

February 23, 2007
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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[The characters'] goings-on are so implausible that you quickly lose patience with, and interest in, any of this motley crew, despite the best efforts of an attractive cast and the diversion of fabulous clothes and shots of a glistening New York skyline.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

February 23, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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A frantically overwrought [Heather] Graham does herself no favors here. She has talent, but as long as she keeps stumbling through clumsy comedies like this one, it hardly matters.

| Original Score: 2/4

February 23, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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There isn't a remotely believable moment in the script here, and [writer/director] Kramer's leaden direction only helps strand a capable cast headed by Heather Graham in an hour and a half of virtual laugh-free tedium.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: .5/4

February 23, 2007
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The movie really depends on Heather Graham, and she just doesn't deliver. There's always been a sort of mannequin quality to her performances, as if she had been posed just seconds before the cameras rolled.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

February 23, 2007
Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
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Drawing on their sitcom chops, Graham and Cavanagh cover for their cloth-eared dialogue with trumped-up camaraderie, pushing and pulling at each other like toddlers in playgroup.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 22, 2007
Jan Stuart
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Gray Matters could be recommended to gay women whose erotic fantasies are located in the stuffed French poodle department of FAO Schwarz.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 22, 2007
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Sitcommy, forced and forgettable.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

February 21, 2007
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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Heather Graham seems resigned to mugging and shrugging out the remainder of her thirties through a series of undercooked romantic comedies.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 20, 2007
Ronnie Scheib
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The camera never strays far from Graham, who, decked out in well-fitted outfits that make the most of her anything-but-boyish figure, sweetly leavens her heroine's ditzy sexual confusion without trivializing or overly normalizing it.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 3, 2007
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