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The Grey Review

Movies.com Critics

3.5

Dave White Profile

Furry vengeance. Read full review

4.0

Grae Drake Profile

(insert Tim Allen grunt here) Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    64

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The computer-generated wolves have more personality than any of the dull characters in The Grey.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    You see the pattern here? Winter-release slot + travel budget + Liam Neeson = slightly preposterous, routinely violent, apparently lucrative action movie in which the Irish-born star signals inner emotional conflict with his handsomely mashed boxer's face while settling outer physical conflict with his boxer's fists.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    The Grey, a man's-man of a genre picture that will satisfy the action audience while reminding more discerning viewers what they saw in director Joe Carnahan's decade-old breakthrough, "Narc."

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal John Anderson

    Mr. Carnahan has till now been pigeonholed, and rightly, by comedy shoot-'em-ups like "Smokin' Aces" and "The A-Team." But here he is with The Grey - certainly an adventure film but one with a spiritual ingredient that is both surprising and fiercely resonant.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Bloody wilderness survival story has lots of violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Grey -- a wilderness survival movie about oil workers who live through a plane crash in the frozen wild and must avoid being devoured by wolves -- has very strong violence, including death, gore, and blood, plus wolf attacks and a scary plane crash sequence. Though it's an action/adventure movie, it's very much geared for adults. Language is strong, with multiple uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as other terms. Sexual innuendo pops up in the men's conversations, though there's no other sex or nudity. And there's some drinking and minor smoking.

  • Families can talk about The Grey's extreme violence and gore. Does it seem gratuitous, or does it fit in with the story and themes? Does it have more or less impact than what you've seen in horror movies? Why?
  • What's the appeal of the "wilderness survival" genre? How do you think you'd do in a situation like this one?
  • Is the main character a positive role model? Could anything make him a better one?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: The men learn to overcome their false pride and arrogance and to work together. They have major problems to solve, and they continue to press forward, even if, as often as not, they fail.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: The main character is quiet, distant, sad, and stoic, but he's a born leader. He has educated himself about many things and is able to put those things to use in the name of survival. He makes many tough decisions. He tries to get the men working together, rather than fighting among themselves.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Many characters die; there's lots of blood and some gore. Wolves attack people, and people shoot wolves. There's a huge, scary plane crash shown from inside the plane, followed by the wreckage and gory dead bodies. The main character contemplates suicide in an early scene. There's a brief, frightening dream sequence. People engage in a barroom brawl in an early scene. A character drowns. A character severs the head of a dead wolf and hurls it into the woods.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Lots of sexual innuendo in the men's conversations. The main character has flashbacks to lying in bed with a woman (though they're not naked).

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language includes very frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole," as well as "bitch," "fag," "nuts," "d--k," "hell," "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation), "goddamn," and "prick."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters are seen drinking in an early barroom scene. The plane crash survivors drink whatever bottles of alcohol that didn't break in the crash. Some characters are seen smoking. Brief flashbacks to the main character's father, who's said to have had a drinking problem.

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