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The Grey

27grey_span-thumbstandard-v2 After narrowly surviving a deadly plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, a band of oil riggers must fend for their lives in the ice and snow. But thanks to wolves that view their presence as a threat, they aren't alone.
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Netflix Rating: 3.6
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Liam Neeson leads a group of men stranded in Alaska after a plane crash in Joe Carnahan’s film “The Grey," a lean, stripped-down tale of survival in brutal circumstances. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 79%
Critics' score: 79   Audience score: 63   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

I couldn't decide if they lost track of the wolves in the editing, or if Carnahan realized how Twilight-fake the beasts looked and limited their scenes in the final edit. full review

Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The Grey is about raging against the dying of the light but also about accepting it with peace once the fight has been lost. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Three-fifths of a solid film! full review

Laremy Legel, Film.com

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

David Edelstein, New York Magazine

Somewhere along the line, apparently, it was decided that having men fight for their lives is not enough to hang a movie on. It has to be a movie about Big Ideas. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

Hold on tight. It's a true call of the wild. full review

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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

Tom Long, Detroit News

The film's conflicting tones never quite mesh, but some fine acting and powerful moments make "The Grey" watchable, if not entirely compelling. full review

Rafer Guzman, Newsday

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

Kyle Smith, New York Post

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

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

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

Claudia Puig, USA Today

A handsome but gabby take on the standard survivalist thriller that's more concerned with lofty metaphysics than which poor blockhead is about to bite it next. full review

Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle

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

Joy Tipping, Dallas Morning News

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

Dana Stevens, Slate

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

John Anderson, Wall Street Journal

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

Peter Howell, Toronto Star

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

A.O. Scott, New York Times

The Grey has a certain muscular pull: It's a tough-as-nails study of hardened men struggling with the ostensibly conflicting pulls of stoic masculinity on one hand and love, faith and fear of death on the other. full review

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

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

True to its grim prospectus, The Grey dwells in haunted machismo to the very end. full review

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
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  • Release Year: 2012
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 117 min
  • Available From: Sep 12, 2012
  • Queued by: 4775 people
Directed By
Joe Carnahan
Cast
Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Joe Anderson, Nonso Anozie, James Badge Dale, Ben Bray, Anne Openshaw
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