The Grey Reviews

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 17, 2012
There are points where you can feel the filmmakers really trying to get their point across, only to have it lost again in a film that gets its story stuck in a rut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
January 23, 2012
On the down side, there's a lot of dull pretentious philosophising about the heartlessness of nature and god. On the up side, you get to see a man punch a wolf in the face.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
Remember all the big talk from Joe Carnahan about bringing this back to theaters for Oscar consideration in the fall? Seems pretty stupid now, doesn't it?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
February 3, 2012
Silliness creeps in, and it doesn't matter very much onscreen that Neeson is claiming he chewed wolf jerky to prepare for his role.
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
January 26, 2012
A handsome but gabby take on the standard survivalist thriller that's more concerned with lofty metaphysics than which poor blockhead is about to bite it next.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute
January 25, 2012
Joe Carnahan's poetically virile Alaskan survival tale offers up some of the most unpleasant moments you can spend at the movies. I guess that's the point.
January 27, 2012
The Grey is superficial existentialism that hopes for the same goodwill that benefited another recent bad-movie-turned-pop-art: Drive.
Full Review | Original Score: 57/100
Thomas Leupp
Hollywood.com
January 26, 2012
Director Joe Carnahan's macho metaphysics leave 'The Grey' feeling a bit overcooked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
January 27, 2012
Forget the Super Bowl, this is the Ice Bowl pitting Team Human vs Team Wolf.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 26, 2012
What starts as a tense and moody survival thriller fairly quickly becomes tedious, forced and far-fetched as a septet of men is preyed upon by a wolf pack in the Alaska wilderness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
January 26, 2012
It's hard not to view The Grey as either schlock with delusions of grandeur, or a bleak art-house parable masquerading as popcorn hokum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
January 27, 2012
The wolves look phony. If you want the audience to get all scared, the predators need to be more ferocious than Scooby Doo.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
January 25, 2012
Ultimately, the film feels less like a genuine existential thriller than a movie aping the conventions of one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 27, 2012
Unfortunately, this one is too by-the-numbers and unoriginal to garner a recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 25, 2012
Winter-release slot + travel budget + Liam Neeson = slightly preposterous, routinely violent, apparently lucrative action movie...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 26, 2012
It's cheap the way "The Grey'' wants to be both a Liam Neeson "Quit Taking My Stuff'' movie and an existential thriller about survival.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 26, 2012
Devolves into a predictable man-against-nature, and man-against-fellow man, affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
January 26, 2012
Liam Neeson vs. wilderness and wolves
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 27, 2012
"The Grey" may appeal to those who like entrails, tough talk and bad endings. All others beware.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 27, 2012
Somewhere along the line, apparently, it was decided that having men fight for their lives is not enough to hang a movie on. It has to be a movie about Big Ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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