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Grizzly Man Reviews

April 29, 2008
Like so much of Herzog's work, both narrative and documentary, this is an engrossing look at obsessive behavior gone terribly awry.
August 16, 2007
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.
February 9, 2006
Fascinating as both nature documentary and as a portrait of a narcissistic monomaniac, utterly in keeping with Herzogian type.
October 7, 2005
An alternately gripping and funny-charming nature film and psychological study.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 30, 2005
[Treadwell] left behind 100 hours of some of the most astonishing nature footage ever captured by camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 30, 2005
Compelling, disturbing documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 26, 2005
Herzog is still the only person who could have made Grizzly Man. His admiration for Treadwell has its limits, but he understands, better than most directors, what it means to follow dreams into the belly of the beast.
September 23, 2005
A rich, well-crafted documentary that offers a rare glimpse at someone who respected Mother Nature but refused to live by her rules.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 25, 2005
It's an uncompromising character study of a man who found peace, and ultimately death, among some of the most dangerous predators on the planet.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 19, 2005
What makes Grizzly Man remarkable are the edited tapes that at first seem to show a man at peace among nature, and then later reveal the startlingly fragile state of that man's mind and persona.
Read More | Original Score: B+
August 19, 2005
As unsettling as it is fascinating.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 18, 2005
As a filmmaker, in Herzog's opinion, Treadwell was without equal. But as a naturalist, well, let's just say that his canteen had sprung a leak.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 18, 2005
Grizzly Man is a haunting and fascinating portrait of so much that is worth exploring: the implacability of nature, the hubris of human endeavor and the line between supreme dedication and madness.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 15, 2005
This is shaping up to be another great year for documentaries and this is one of the best.
August 12, 2005
Amazing documentary.
August 12, 2005
A Shakespearean character study that packs the sheer terror of The Blair Witch Project.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
August 12, 2005
Grizzly Man approaches greatness for all the things it touches on and the one thing it resists.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 12, 2005
Sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 12, 2005
Grizzly Man is the strange, sad and mesmerizing tale of a man who wanted to be a bear.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 12, 2005
Although the film has sympathy for its subject's idiosyncrasy, Herzog makes it clear that he strongly disagrees with Treadwell's sentimental view of nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 12, 2005
Grizzly Man tells one heck of a story, and it leaves us shaking our heads in amazement and disbelief.
Read More | Original Score: B+
August 12, 2005
It's not great filmmaking but it is amazing film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2005
Though Herzog's approach is chillingly fascinating, it makes this film less about an unusual life than about a bizarre death.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 12, 2005
In the most amazing scene, Treadwell gets up close as two male bears do battle over a female, and notes with delight that one of the bears 'did a number two' during the fight.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 12, 2005
Herzog allows us to make up our own minds as we watch this lost soul on his fervent, increasingly desperate search for love, spirituality and fame.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 11, 2005
A small masterpiece of a documentary that takes us into the heart of a complex darkness: the mysterious land of Alaska, the world of grizzly bears and, most significantly, the soul of Timothy Treadwell.
August 11, 2005
A disturbing and provocative tale of obsession, bravado and self-invention that leaves you open-mouthed for all kinds of reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 11, 2005
A fascinating, evenhanded study of a strange man killed by his life's calling.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 11, 2005
Whatever you finally conclude about Treadwell, Herzog has made a one-of-a-kind movie.
Read More | Original Score: B+
August 11, 2005
Treadwell's journey was no less bold or reckless than ... earlier Herzogian tales and certainly no less enthralling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 11, 2005
The movie here is Treadwell's footage -- some of it beautiful, much of it difficult to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 11, 2005
What really elevates Grizzly Man ... is the tension between the gloomy European's view of nature as indifferent and unresponsive to man's best intentions and the manic American's fevered, hopeful embrace of what would ultimately kill him.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
August 11, 2005
Grizzly Man is unlike any nature documentary I've seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 11, 2005
[Grizzly Man] fails to establish Treadwell as much more than a serious headcase, let alone a titanic figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 10, 2005
A mesmerizing work of disturbing power and unease.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 9, 2005
Grizzly Man is many things, including a much more resonant and complex portrait of TV-poisoned narcissism than Tarnation.
August 9, 2005
Compelling material from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 2, 2005
In a way, Grizzly Man is the ultimate nature documentary, for it chronicles the nature of man as well as the nature of animals.
July 28, 2005
Herzog ... has created something unique and unforgettable.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 2, 2005
A brilliant portrait of adventure, activism, obsession and potential madness that ranks among helmer Werner Herzog's strongest work.
February 5, 2005
A mesmerizing portrait of a man who staged a 13-year dance with death.