'The Grey' Critic Reviews

89%
MovieWeb:   20 reviews
79%
Rotten Tomatoes:   192 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    Winter-release slot + travel budget + Liam Neeson = slightly preposterous, routinely violent, apparently lucrative action movie...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    Neeson confers weight and muscle on the movie, and endows it with a kind of emotional dignity it would not otherwise have.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brian Miller Village Voice (Top Critic)
    I was told there would be more wolf-punching.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    80
    Joe Carnahan's great adventure follows Neeson's lead and stays steely to the end, even as its grizzled winners take nothing.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • John Anderson Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Certainly an adventure film but one with a spiritual ingredient that is both surprising and fiercely resonant.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joy Tipping Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    75
    This gritty, relentlessly intense survival tale easily gets dibs on "feel-cold" movie of the year.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    70
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    The Grey, despite moments of sublimity, is as predictable as a funeral. When Ottway angrily calls out to God, the nonanswer is sadly redundant.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    There's an actual human element to go with Carnahan's Jack London-inspired depiction of humans against the elements.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ben Sachs Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The movie draws on the terrifying beauty of the natural world and generates tension from the volatile dynamics of a carefully observed group.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    Devolves into a predictable man-against-nature, and man-against-fellow man, affair.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    "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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    17
    "The Grey" may appeal to those who like entrails, tough talk and bad endings. All others beware.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    "The Grey" is a meat-and-potatoes movie about manly survival -- red meat and whatever kind of potatoes imply macho.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    75
    Prepare to be devastated.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Leydon Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    50
    Three-fifths of a solid film!
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    The film sustains some suspense and brooding atmosphere for its first half, but eventually the cliches of character and dialogue drag it struggling to ground.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dana Stevens Slate (Top Critic)
    For all its macho standoffs and action set pieces and menacing off-screen howling, The Grey is at heart a simple moral fable about how true heroism consists in helping other human beings to live as long and die as well as they can.
    Full Review » 2 years ago