Parents' Guide to

The Gray Man

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Spy flick has violent action, standard storyline.

Movie PG-13 2022 122 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 15+

The Russo Brothers Continue Delivering Schlock Since Avengers

$200 million for a 3 out of 5 rated film that drew only $249,462 at the box office before streaming. Yeah, I think the Russo brothers once again blow smoke up our **** trying to deliver another non-superhero blockbuster. The Gray Man is formula film on steroids, complete with unrealistic action without the need of computer-generated everything, dialogue that is no where near real world interactive speech and Chris Evans who looks like Hitler during his barbershop quartet days. I can count on my watch the minutes left before Disney sends over the acquisition papers to Netflix. You will watch The Gray Man when you have watched all others available and you're tired of watching reruns.
age 13+

Great to watch with friends

The story was good, i loved the cinematic drone shots, no hate speech or any abusive language, no sexual scenes. The ending was good because everyone loves a happy endings.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (14 ):

The Gray Man is more a series of great parts than an enthralling whole. It features solid performances by Gosling and Thornton, but the true gem of the movie is Evans, who transforms from Marvel's wholesome Captain America into a sadistic, gleeful, disturbingly charismatic villain. His performance will make you want to see him cast as villains more often, since his good guy looks and charm provide another layer of sinister to evil characters.

The film is a bit of a letdown in terms of racial and gender diversity. On paper, The Gray Man has both characters of color and strong women in potentially substantial roles. But while Page and Alfre Woodard are the standouts in this regard, that has more to do with their personal charisma than with what's written on the page. And even though Ana de Armas plays an agent in the field like Six, her character, Dani, is less defined than his -- and quite bland. Similarly, Jessica Henwick doesn't have much to work with as Suzanne, a CIA agent working under Denny who's constantly belittled by both him and Lloyd. Overall, The Gray Man is a standard-issue spy film that goes in circles with regard to characters' motivations. If you like seeing cars crash and people fight, then this film is for you (as long as you can hang in there for its two-hour-plus run time), but those looking for an engaging story are more likely to find satisfaction in individual performances.

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