The Grey Reviews

  • Winter-release slot + travel budget + Liam Neeson = slightly preposterous, routinely violent, apparently lucrative action movie...

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • 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.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • I was told there would be more wolf-punching.

    Brian Miller — Village Voice

  • Joe Carnahan's great adventure follows Neeson's lead and stays steely to the end, even as its grizzled winners take nothing.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Certainly an adventure film but one with a spiritual ingredient that is both surprising and fiercely resonant.

    John Anderson — Wall Street Journal

  • This gritty, relentlessly intense survival tale easily gets dibs on "feel-cold" movie of the year.

    Joy Tipping — Dallas Morning News

  • 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.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • There's an actual human element to go with Carnahan's Jack London-inspired depiction of humans against the elements.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The movie draws on the terrifying beauty of the natural world and generates tension from the volatile dynamics of a carefully observed group.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • Devolves into a predictable man-against-nature, and man-against-fellow man, affair.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • "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.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • "The Grey" may appeal to those who like entrails, tough talk and bad endings. All others beware.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • "The Grey" is a meat-and-potatoes movie about manly survival -- red meat and whatever kind of potatoes imply macho.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Prepare to be devastated.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • 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.

    Joe Leydon — Variety

  • 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.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • 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.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

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