Grizzly Man Reviews

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July 16, 2019
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.
January 16, 2018
Herzog has his documentary in hand, explaining that what we have here "iz on astone-ishing story of beauty and depth". He's not wrong.
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.
April 1, 2006
Part punk wildlife doc, part diary of a twisted soul, part cautionary tale, Grizzly Man is a complex, unique and engrossing journey into the murky recesses of an unhinged mind.
February 11, 2006
At turns fascinating and banal… a film that dances around vital questions about the human condition that it is barely able to articulate, let alone address.
February 9, 2006
Fascinating as both nature documentary and as a portrait of a narcissistic monomaniac, utterly in keeping with Herzogian type.
February 4, 2006
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.
December 20, 2005
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.
October 7, 2005
An alternately gripping and funny-charming nature film and psychological study.
September 30, 2005
[Treadwell] left behind 100 hours of some of the most astonishing nature footage ever captured by camera.
September 30, 2005
Compelling, disturbing documentary.
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.
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.
August 21, 2005
Grizzly Man is a truly provocative essay.
August 20, 2005
By fearlessly examining the man warts and all, Herzog has fashioned a nature documentary unlike any I've I think I have ever seen.
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.
August 19, 2005
As unsettling as it is fascinating.
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.
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