Parents' Guide to

The Grey

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Bloody wilderness survival story has lots of violence.

Movie R 2012 117 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 23 parent reviews

age 15+

Age limit depends on the kid

I'm just here to stick up for the movie. I loved it! Interesting plot, good acting, and tbh I might curse that much too if I was in the same situation. The cursing God part was excessive, but I'm not here to tell fictional characters what to think and the movie itself didn't promote that. The point was to show that the dude snapped and it definitely worked
age 16+

Extremely violent

Death scenes are very realistic, which makes them extremely upsetting and potentially traumatizing. A very emotional movie that could possibly be okay for a MATURE 14-year-old.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (23):
Kids say (38):

This film is more focused on raw guts than on deep thoughts. Director Joe Carnahan is probably best known for "guy" movies like Smokin' Aces and The A-Team, but now he has made a movie about men. THE GREY is a good deal more serious than his previous pulpy entertainments, but it's also a good deal less serious than many other man-versus-nature stories -- some of which can tend to get a bit metaphysical (Into the Wild, etc.). Its simple theme isn't so much man-versus-himself but man-versus-wolf.

Neeson is perfect for this kind of material; he's a real grown-up, and he's not boyish. He has a solid acting career behind him, with many acclaimed performances, and he's not an action hero or a special effect. He's refreshingly human and much more effective here than in his last outing with Carnahan, the silly A-Team. His believability -- and fallibility -- as a leader make the drama here work every step of the way.

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