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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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“..this is one of those movies that's not very good but not so offensively bad that I regret ever seeing it. No doubt, it's also something I probably won't remember in a week..”
by Brian Oliver [The Movieman]


“..like a counterfeit handbag: It looks great but falls apart when you reach into it..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]


“..thoroughly predictable, and despite an original setup, the movie never rouses the emotions..”
by Marjorie Baumgarten [Austin Chronicle]


“..the stories are horrifying, but essential to hear..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..a horror movie with an anti-globalist bent that's more interesting than its halfhearted scares..”
by Sara Stewart [New York Post]


“..delivering a highly stylized widescreen revenge picture loaded with weapons and driven entirely by "superficial action"..”
by Peter Debruge [Variety]


“..the film isn't particularly convincing either as a rousing anthology of bloodsport set pieces or a deeply felt portrait of revenge and reunion..”
by Vadim Rizov [A.V. Club]

'71 :

“..the hard-charging debut feature from TV director Yann Demange, makes us live every vivid, violent moment with him, the threat of death lurking at every turn..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]


“..undoubtedly a remarkable achievement, especially for a first-time filmmaker..”
by Jordan Hoffman [Film.com]


“..still, "The Lazarus Effect," clocking in at a brief 86 minutes, doesn't go far enough, isn't scary enough and has mad scientists who just aren't mad enough..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]