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The Grey


Genre :

Thriller, Adventure

Release Date :

January 27, 2012 (Wide)

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Joe Carnahan

Starring :

Liam Neeson, Dallas Roberts, James Badge Dale, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Nonso Anozie, Joe Anderson, Anne Openshaw, Ben Hernandez Bray

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

“..trouble is, the pic's dialogue-heavy stretches and ambiguous finale could leave ticketbuyers impatient for less chatter and more chomping..”
by Joe Leydon [Variety]
3 of 5

“..this one's more relaxed in its rhythms..”
by Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]
“..this movie, it would appear, is looking for the same gravitas-laced trash appeal that made Neeson's over-the-top revenge fantasy Taken such a guilty pleasure..”
“..there's too much Jack London, and, as they systematically pick off the stragglers, too many CGI wolves go unpunched..”
by Brian Miller [Village Voice]
Review rate : C

“..there's graphic gore, but miraculously, the writers also find humor in the men's natural coarseness..”
by Rex Reed [New York Observer]
Review rate : C

“..the film's worst qualities are inevitably its most obvious, from the still-gaudy..”
by Jesse Cataldo [Slant Magazine]
Review rate : C+

“..the film does a largely first-rate job of simulating the punishing environment the characters have to push against..”
by Glenn Kenny [MSN Movies]
“..technically assured and brutally efficient, with a simple story that ventures into some profound existential territory without making a big fuss about it..”
by A.O. Scott [New York Times]
“..plenty of chase scenes and gory encounters keep tension high..”
by John DeFore [Hollywood Reporter]
“..it's the most philosophical of these movies. It's also the most ambiguous..”
by Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]
“..it's quiet, contemplative, and almost haiku-like in its simplicity..”
by Dana Stevens [Slate]
“..if it ran about 80 mins., The Grey could be a smartish man-against-the-elements thriller..”
by Richard Corliss [TIME Magazine]
Review rate : B+

“..every gutsy action scene is crafted with gritty detail and a muscular unpredictability that dares the audience to guess where it will end up..”
by Cole Smithey [ColeSmithey.com]
Review rate : C+

“..do these Liam Neeson action passion plays, as surely as a new year begins..”
by Lisa Schwarzbaum [Entertainment Weekly]
Review rate : C

“..alternately tense and fatuous thriller..”
by Keith Uhlich [Time Out]
Review rate : C+

“..a lot of muscle and brawn..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]
“..a filmmaking strategy seemingly designed to alternate as well, appeals to guy movie and chick flick prone audiences respectively..”
by Prairie Miller [NewsBlaze]

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“..the movie can conjure up futuristic images, but the story is nothing we haven't seen before...”
by Stephanie Merry [Washington Post]


“..the spirits may have been willing with Poltergeist but the movie is weak..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]


“..will make fans of the Japanese animation studio yearn for when Hayao Miyazaki was there. The now-retired maestro of the form had a sense of poetry and lyricism that's sadly missing here..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..more depravity, more terrible acting..”
by Chris Nashawaty [Entertainment Weekly]


“..a black riff on a certain stripper movie smash..”
by Roger Moore [Tribune News Service]


“..the rest of it - the healer, the journalist, the falcons - is just a thick, tedious layer of frost on the window..”
by Katharine Pushkar [NY Daily News]


“..the camera prowls menacingly through the interiors, but the writers seem too content with their improbable conceit to bother with back story or character arcs..”
by David Parkinson [Radio Times]


“..there's plenty of entertainment value to found. Just don't expect to leave the film with a smile on your face and joy in your heart..”
by Blair Hoyle [Cinema Slasher]


“..it is a creamily sensuous, richly observed piece of work, handsomely detailed and furnished..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]


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by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]