100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Pitiless, bleak and despairing -- The Grey Zone refers to a world where everyone is covered with the gray ash of the dead, and it has been like that for so long they do not even notice anymore.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
No dramatic feature has ever come quite this close to the matter-of-fact ugliness of the Nazi crimes.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Gives life and meaning to an event that is little more than a footnote in history books (if that).
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Should be seen: It's a worthy ordeal, with flaws that, ironically, make grist for later arguments.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Grimly claustrophobic movies can make viewers put up a shield, yet Tim Blake Nelson (who directed O) invests this unusual Holocaust drama with dramatic intensity that in no way cheapens its subject matter.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
There are better holocaust dramas than Grey Zone -- "Schindler's List" for one, and due later this year, Roman Polanski's magnificent "The Pianist." But few will disturb you like The Grey Zone -- mostly because it won't try for tears.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It's an intelligent, chilling movie, but one that can't quite shake those stage origins.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
I would like to be able to report that Nelson's directorial vision is grim and uncompromising. Grim it most surely is. But his movie about morally compromised figures leaves viewers feeling compromised, unable to find their way out of the fog and the ashes.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
With all its flaws, though, The Grey Zone deserves to be respected, and to be seen.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Nelson's work is relentless, grueling and courageous. He makes a large blunder in having American actors (David Arquette, Steve Buscemi) play Hungarian Jews with American accents, while Harvey Keitel plays a Nazi officer with a German accent.
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58 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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