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Gray's Anatomy Reviews

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Soderbergh does (Gray) no favors with a series of overwrought stylistic choices.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 5/10

August 21, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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There's something intrinsically insincere about the whole quest. Gray is on a search less for a cure than for material.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

| Original Score: 2/5

October 8, 2005
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

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 Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner

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 Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 12, 2002
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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 Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 5/10

January 1, 2000
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

| Original Score: 2/5

June 12, 2004
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Visually inventive version of Gray's monologue, though the material is not as interesting as that of Swimming to Cambodia.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C+

July 5, 2011
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

February 26, 2005
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

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 Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 1, 2000
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

The late Spalding Gray's monologue is typically fascinating, and Soderbergh's creative staging is a treat.

| Original Score: 4/5

March 11, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Gray's Anatomy finds Spalding Gray turning a bout with a bizarre ocular condition into a dizzying, absorbing odyssey of the neurotic mind.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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 Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Stephen Farber
Movieline

Gray's Anatomy is a triumphant reminder of the power of words to summon our deepest fears.

Full Review Source: Movieline

March 4, 2002
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 20, 2003
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

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 Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 4, 2012

E! Online

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 Source: E! Online | Original Score: B+

January 1, 2000
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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March 26, 2009
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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January 1, 2000

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