Grizzly Man (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Grizzly Man (2005)



Critic Consensus: Whatever opinion you come to have of the obsessive Treadwell, Herzog has once again found a fascinating subject.

Movie Info

This documentary centers on amateur grizzly bear expert Timothy Treadwell, who periodically journeyed to Alaska to study and live with the bears. The outdoorsman and author -- along with his partner, Amie Huguenard -- was eventually killed and devoured by one of the very animals to whom he had devoted years of study.more
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Documentary
Directed By:
Written By: Werner Herzog
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 26, 2005
Box Office: $2.9M
Lions Gate Releasing - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Grizzly Man

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (43)

Like so much of Herzog's work, both narrative and documentary, this is an engrossing look at obsessive behavior gone terribly awry.

Full Review… | April 29, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Treadwell, a failed TV actor, is presented as someone desperate to give and receive love. That he went to such extremes is tragic, but also, in Herzog's sympathetic eyes, deeply human.

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Fascinating as both nature documentary and as a portrait of a narcissistic monomaniac, utterly in keeping with Herzogian type.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Herzog's stirring, thought-provoking documentary meditates with exceeding insight into the mind that drove the man.

Full Review… | December 11, 2013

Werner Herzog forgoes judging Timothy Treadwell's disputed methods or questionable mental state - letting viewers decide based on footage that suggests Treadwell essentially sought some sort of transmutation from flesh to fur.

Full Review… | September 25, 2010

Remarkable beauty and wonder

Full Review… | September 5, 2009

Audience Reviews for Grizzly Man

This has to be one of the most mesmerizing documentaries to come out, possibly ever. Between the hypnotic monotone of narrator and director Werner Herzog, and the out of this world footage from bear aficionado Tim Treadwell, this is a merging that will never be replicated again. The film lets you decide for yourself what the legacy of Tim Treadwell really is, but you cannot deny his energy, focus, and pure love for these creatures.


Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

An immediately captivating premise is elevated by Werner Herzog's perfect pacing and elegant editing, and the undeniably beautiful yet eerie, tragically ironic footage taken by Timothy Treadwell, the man who lived for 13 summers with grizzly bears before being eaten by one in 2003. The clearly troubled, possibly insane Treadwell set out to film bears, and Herzog instead turns this wealth of amazing footage on its original, now-deceased filmmaker to create an utterly human story.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer


The hypocritical execution made this documentary come off as rather unauthentic. A better reenactment/acting (specifically the scenes involving Jewel Palovak were executed horribly. The pretentiousness was quite apparent, at least to me. The scene where Herzog suggests her to destroy the tape was pathetic than sympathetic.) might have helped here. Apart from that flaw, the movie was passable. And passable isn't too bad these days around. 4.5/10.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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