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The Grey Reviews

January 8, 2013
The Grey remains a genuinely gripping survival story and a refreshing change from stale urban action flicks.
January 31, 2012
The Grey is about raging against the dying of the light but also about accepting it with peace once the fight has been lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 30, 2012
Three-fifths of a solid film!
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 30, 2012
The Grey, despite moments of sublimity, is as predictable as a funeral. When Ottway angrily calls out to God, the nonanswer is sadly redundant.
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
January 27, 2012
Hold on tight. It's a true call of the wild.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
January 27, 2012
The film's conflicting tones never quite mesh, but some fine acting and powerful moments make "The Grey" watchable, if not entirely compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 27, 2012
It may be too conventional for the art-house crowd, yet too arty for the megaplex. I prefer to call it an unusually reflective blood-and-guts saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 27, 2012
The film sustains some suspense and brooding atmosphere for its first half, but eventually the clichés of character and dialogue drag it struggling to ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
January 26, 2012
This gritty, relentlessly intense survival tale easily gets dibs on "feel-cold" movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 26, 2012
For all its macho standoffs and action set pieces and menacing off-screen howling, The Grey is at heart a simple moral fable about how true heroism consists in helping other human beings to live as long and die as well as they can.
January 26, 2012
Certainly an adventure film but one with a spiritual ingredient that is both surprising and fiercely resonant.
January 26, 2012
As stripped of colour as its title, apart from the red of flowing blood and burning eyes, The Grey urges contemplation on man as the human animal, one suddenly cast into the wilderness where real beasts dwell.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 26, 2012
It's a fine, tough little movie, technically assured and brutally efficient, with a simple story that ventures into some profound existential territory without making a big fuss about it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 26, 2012
The Grey has a certain muscular pull: It's a tough-as-nails study of hardened men struggling with the ostensibly conflicting pulls of stoic masculinity on one hand and love, faith and fear of death on the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
January 26, 2012
Devolves into a predictable man-against-nature, and man-against-fellow man, affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 26, 2012
Memories of The Grey will melt away before spring's first sunny day, but it will satisfy both fans of Neeson's serious performances in films like Kinsey and those who line up for his more recent spate of I-will-kill-everyone flicks.
January 26, 2012
True to its grim prospectus, The Grey dwells in haunted machismo to the very end.
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
January 26, 2012
"The Grey" yanked me upright in my seat. It is, even as melodramatic and sometimes implausible entertainment, the best studio movie in a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 26, 2012
This is much more than a man vs. nature vs. animal thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 26, 2012
Joe Carnahan's great adventure follows Neeson's lead and stays steely to the end, even as its grizzled winners take nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 26, 2012
There's an actual human element to go with Carnahan's Jack London-inspired depiction of humans against the elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 26, 2012
When I learned of Sarah Palin hunting wolves from a helicopter, my sensibilities were tested, but after this film, I was prepared to call in more helicopters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 26, 2012
Neeson has the ability, unmatched by any other Hollywood leading man, to convey soul-deep anguish. In this picture, it's shattering in its intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 26, 2012
The movie draws on the terrifying beauty of the natural world and generates tension from the volatile dynamics of a carefully observed group.
January 26, 2012
Amounts to little more than a few tortured backstories and some high-toned discussions about the existence of God, all punctuated by the occasional CGI wolf attaching itself to someone's neck.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 25, 2012
Winter-release slot + travel budget + Liam Neeson = slightly preposterous, routinely violent, apparently lucrative action movie...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 25, 2012
The wolves seem to have watched a lot of "Friday the 13th" movies, because they have a knack for pouncing out of the shadows that rivals the mad skills of Jason Voorhees.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 25, 2012
"The Grey" is a meat-and-potatoes movie about manly survival -- red meat and whatever kind of potatoes imply macho.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 25, 2012
While some of the effects work is a little obvious, the film does a largely first-rate job of simulating the punishing environment the characters have to push against.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
January 24, 2012
Prepare to be devastated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 24, 2012
Moment to moment, the film is gripping and beautiful to behold (props to cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi for the mesmerizingly grainy, achromatic visuals).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 24, 2012
I was told there would be more wolf-punching.
January 24, 2012
After the excesses of 'The A-Team', this is Carnahan stripping it back to basics - seven men, one wilderness, countless beasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 18, 2012
Impressively lensed by Masanobu Takayanagi on aptly rugged terrain in British Columbia, The Grey is thoroughly persuasive in its depiction of desperate men battling unforgiving elements.
January 17, 2012
A man's-man of a genre pic that will satisfy the action audience while reminding more discerning viewers what they saw in director Joe Carnahan's decade-old breakthrough, Narc.