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The Grey

action & adventure, drama, thrillers


Liam Neeson leads an unruly group of oil-rig roughnecks when their plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Battling mortal injuries and merciless weather, the survivors have only a few days to escape the icy elements.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    79%
  • Audience Score
    61%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    79%
    reviews counted: 1
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  • Audience

    61%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: 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.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, January 26, 2012

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Gritty, suspenseful flick. Overall a good viewing experience

- fb100002891058690, Wednesday, October 9, 2013

5 stars

A wickedly pulse-pounding and wild ride from start to finish. An instant classic. A fresh, furious and tremendously original piece of action film. An adrenaline-charged action-packed edge of your seat thriller that will knock you out. A powerful and outstanding film. It`s gritty, authentic and feels really real with its characters and atmosphere. This movie kicks all sorts of ass and keeps your heart-pounding. A bone-chilling and exhilarating thrill-machine that never lets up. It`s loaded with non-stop action and searing suspense. The action is fresh and shocking and the character development is superb. An incredible, surprisingly moving and unforgettable movie. Director, Joe Carnahan crafts a rich, stylish, thrilling and brilliant new breed of adventure and his best film since Narc. Liam Neeson gives a raw, intense and electrifying performance. Neeson never ceases to amaze with his acting and shows he will never back down from a challenge. Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts and Frank Grillo give strong and great performances. An action film that can not be stopped and is packed with power. A totally intense and mind-blowing survival thriller that's smart, sharp, action-packed and truly compelling.

- allan913, Tuesday, June 17, 2014

3 stars

Liam Neeson's odd plane-crashing, wolf-killing tale of survival is very atmospheric, and Neeson himself carries the film far, but as everyone around him begins to die, so does the film's momentum.

- fb791220692, Monday, October 8, 2012