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The Grey Zone Reviews

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September 14, 2001
The end result feels distinctly off-off-Broadway, a work of such rigid artistic principles that its theatrical life will likely be measured in days rather than weeks.
October 17, 2002
It isn't just that there's something unsettling about a film that aestheticizes a crematorium; it's that there's something trivializing about the very effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 4, 2002
Nelson's dialogue sounds colloquially American and betrays its stage origin ... which, added to the well-fed look of many of the inmates, works against the strong acting and the inherent power of the Holocaust theme.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 21, 2002
Though there's a clarity of purpose and even-handedness to the film's direction, the drama feels rigged and sluggish.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 26, 2002
Tim Blake Nelson takes a charged, unimaginable situation and stylistically flattens it
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 31, 2002
Tim Blake Nelson, credited as producer / screenwriter / play author / editor / director for "The Grey Zone" has taken a huge bite of a grim story of insurrection and destruction, leavened with spiritual salvation, and makes it, overall, boring and tedious
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 21, 2003
The effort is sincere and the results are honest, but the film is so bleak that it's hardly watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 17, 2002
The more realistic The Grey Zone pretends to be, the more its unrealistic elements stand out.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 17, 2002
Holocaust films are problematic, period. The Grey Zone is, sadly, more evidence of the qualities of silence.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 24, 2002
There's a stagy poetry to everything -- sometimes it works and sometimes it screams of artifice.
November 7, 2002
[Nelson's] movie about morally compromised figures leaves viewers feeling compromised, unable to find their way out of the fog and the ashes.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 31, 2002
his [Nelson's] screenplay needs some serious re-working to show more of the dilemma, rather than have his characters stage shouting matches about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 21, 2007
It unsuccessfully tries to bridge the gap between pathos and establishing a sense of realism, coming across as forced. Overweight prisoners and Harvey Keitel's German accent distract from the mood of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 14, 2002
You can almost hear the gears of Blake's moral mechanism churning as character's spit out their maxims.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 5, 2002
Like Schindler's List, The Grey Zone attempts to be grandiloquent, but ends up merely pretentious -- in a grisly sort of way.
October 25, 2002
Nelson's intentions are good, but the end result does no justice to the story itself. It's horribly depressing and not very well done.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
October 18, 2002
Nelson's brutally unsentimental approach ... sucks the humanity from the film, leaving behind an horrific but weirdly unemotional spectacle.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 10, 2002
Its impressive images of crematorium chimney fires and stacks of dead bodies are undermined by the movie's presentation, which is way too stagy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 15, 2002
Re-creating Auschwitz somehow domesticates it; the smokestacks look like pieces from an infernal Monopoly board, while the extras appear suspiciously well-fed.
October 17, 2002
The lack of naturalness makes everything seem self-consciously poetic and forced...It's a pity that [Nelson's] achievement doesn't match his ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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