Gray's Anatomy Reviews

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
September 4, 2012
It is haunting, though. How could it not be, when the last lines of the monolog are "Ecstasy, despair, ecstasy, despair" and some mention of a big fish?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
August 21, 2012
Soderbergh does (Gray) no favors with a series of overwrought stylistic choices.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Emanuel Levy
July 5, 2011
Visually inventive version of Gray's monologue, though the material is not as interesting as that of Swimming to Cambodia.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
March 11, 2004
The late Spalding Gray's monologue is typically fascinating, and Soderbergh's creative staging is a treat.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A chatty, colorful, nicely sardonic account of how a crisis led Mr. Gray to assess his medical state, consider his mortality and take one more funny, self-dramatizing look at the eccentric world around him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
At best, Gray is a tragicomic Everyman who strikes an empathic chord in his admiring audience; at worst, he's a middle-aged, self-absorbed, hopelessly provincial New Yorker -- an urban hick who won't shut up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stephen Farber
March 4, 2002
Gray's Anatomy is a triumphant reminder of the power of words to summon our deepest fears.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The film manages to come off like a dinnertime conversation with a friend -- albeit a one-sided and long but very good and very funny one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Using every cinematic trick in the book, [director] Soderbergh turns Gray's one-man world into the most surreal mind-expander since Alice fell down the rabbit hole.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
Soderbergh is a gifted director (SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE; KING OF THE HILL); Gray is a gifted monologist (SWIMMING TO CAMBODIA). They're just not a very good match for the creation of a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
The movie version of Gray's material seems arch, contrived and starchy, not the spontaneous eruption that his theater work manages to resemble.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
There's something intrinsically insincere about the whole quest. Gray is on a search less for a cure than for material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
If you cannot see Spalding Gray live, then do see his monologue films. Gray's Anatomy can be infuriating, but Spalding makes it worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Not only is it interesting to follow the course of Gray's storyline, the movie is also equally interesting to view, even if the storyteller is just sitting in front of a desk most of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
In spite of Soderbergh and the painful lack of an audience/laugh track, Gray's story is immediately compelling, proving that once again, a talking head can truly entertain an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Gray's Anatomy finds Spalding Gray turning a bout with a bizarre ocular condition into a dizzying, absorbing odyssey of the neurotic mind.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 8, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 26, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
June 12, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
March 26, 2009
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