Grizzly Man


Grizzly Man

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



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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.

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Critic Reviews for Grizzly Man

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (130) | Rotten (11)

  • Of course, the legendary filmmaker can't resist inserting his own outsize ego into the story, but somehow this documentary has room for two larger-than-life characters.

    Jul 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Like so much of Herzog's work, both narrative and documentary, this is an engrossing look at obsessive behavior gone terribly awry.

    Apr 29, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 16, 2007
  • Fascinating as both nature documentary and as a portrait of a narcissistic monomaniac, utterly in keeping with Herzogian type.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Ben Walters

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • He was enough of an amateur to be relaxed and unselfconscious, yet enough of a professional to generate all this outstanding footage, and quite rightly Herzog declines to patronise or make fun of him.

    Feb 4, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • German auteur Werner Herzog pieces together the remarkable footage Treadwell left behind into a superb portrait of a fractured obsessive living literally on the edge.

    Dec 20, 2005 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Woolley
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Grizzly Man

  • Jun 26, 2015
    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. Read more at
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2014
    The best documentary of Herzog's that I've seen. Engrossing.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2013
    "I will die for these animals." Grizzly Man is a powerful documentary from Werner Herzog about Timothy Treadwell, a liberal activist who went to the Alaskan Wildlife Reserve to protect grizzly bears, and ended up being killed and eaten by them. Through Treadwell's own footage the film shows his descent into madness as he loses touch with reality and rejects human society. Yet, Herzog remains largely nonjudgmental, and contextualizes the Treadwell tragedy through interviews with his associates and colleagues. Incredibly fascinating, Grizzly Man is an ironic tale of a man's passion consuming him.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2013
    Built from footage filmed by Timothy Treadwell while living with grizzly bears in the wild, Werner Herzog delivers a postmortem character study of man with a strange demeanor, but a kind and gentle heart towards the animal kingdom, especially with the bears and foxes that surrounded him. Including interviews with those who knew him best and narration by Herzog himself, "Grizzly Man" proves to be the first of its kind, opening up what would be the future of extreme survival shows like "Man Vs. Wild". Treadwell came from nothing out of the ordinary and found purpose in giving a voice to the bears. Though his methods are contested by several different interested parties, Treadwell found solace with the bears and lived with them for over a decade. The candidness of the interviews and of Treadwell's footage is what makes this documentary so poignant and special, showcasing a man's in the most genuine of moments, with a deeper meaning pouring out of every shot selection and rant delivered by Timothy. Herzog delivers this in the most neutral of ways and every ounce of this film is an unmatched and unmatchable spectacle.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer

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