Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 19
  2. Negative: 8 out of 19
  1. While Kramer's well-conceived screenplay features much amusing dialogue, there's a forced quality to the proceedings that makes the comic premise seem more artificial than it needs to be.
  2. This exhausting romance feels more like a long-lost episode of "Three's Company" in which Jack Tripper decides he is actually gay.
  3. Mildly diverting but slight, the screwball comedy Gray Matters changes it up, more or less creating its own genre, the curveball farce.
  4. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    50
    The only bright spots are Cavanagh's easy charm about him and Cumming's performance as Grody -- he's much more believable as a straight man than Graham is as a gay woman.
  5. Some of it works, most of it doesn't. But the real problem of the movie is that it's so utterly lacking in freshness and originality. This is exactly the kind of formulaic indie gay comedy that was so overdone in the '80s and '90s that it became a film festival cliché.
  6. Compared to Gray Matters, even a Nora Ephron bonbon has the weight of urban neo-realism.
  7. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    50
    Scripter/helmer Sue Kramer's awkward freshman outing eventually coasts on the genuine charm of its leads. A strong vehicle for Heather Graham, who has never looked lovelier, "Gray" scores most convincingly in its reinvention of Carole Lombardian sexual screwiness as head-spinning gender confusion.
  8. Graham makes the coming-out dithering bearable, but not before she has jumped through hoops of contrivance.
  9. 42
    Far from a watershed moment for lesbian coming-out films, Gray Matters has a queer sensibility that's several miles south of "Will & Grace."
  10. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    40
    Kramer shows zero feeling for the nuances of a midlife sexual awakening.
  11. Unfortunately, the film, written and directed by Sue Kramer, starts with a distinctly uncomfortable moral baseline: How exactly is any audience supposed to identify with a character whose relationship with her brother borders on the incestuous?
  12. 38
    For all of 10 minutes, Gray Matters looks like it might have accomplished the impossible: uncovering a romantic-comedy scenario audiences haven't seen a million times before.
  13. Watching Heather Graham, Tom Cavanagh and a stridently adorable Alan Cumming do their wide-eyed, moony thing in the romantic comedy Gray Matters raises the question: Is it possible for a filmgoer to be twinkled to death?
  14. Every once in a while you catch glimpses of originality and see what Gray Matters might have been if it hadn't gone soft and safe.
  15. 25
    Nothing shakes this pathetic attempt at humor from its self-satisfied torpor.
  16. Graham was good in films such as "Boogie Nights" and "Bowfinger" where her apparent innocence was a smoke screen for her lustful connivance. To be effective in the movies, she needs something to counteract her wholesomeness.
  17. 20
    The dearth of ideas is exemplified at the end by a Mary Tyler Moore freeze-frame of Graham leaping in the air.
  18. 12
    There isn't a remotely believable moment in the script here, and Kramer's leaden direction only helps strand a capable cast headed by Heather Graham in an hour and a half of virtual laugh-free tedium.
  19. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    10
    Coming from the strangely vacuous Graham, in a Manhattan this preposterous, the staid social message is as ludicrous as its surroundings.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JustinC.
    Jun 9, 2007
    10
    I originally watched to movie for Rachel Shelley but I found it very charming. Unlike a lot of movies that are coming out this one didn't take it self to seriously (thats a good thing). The acting by all of its principles was very engaging. The Writing and Directing was strong as well... fun little movie. Full Review »
  2. RosaS.
    Mar 10, 2007
    9
    Film is a sensitive and believable portrayal of a difficult subject. Film shows the need of acceptance of one's persuasion regardless how it's viewed by society. Cudos for a first time director and a well written and sensitive script. Full Review »
  3. AndrewR.
    Mar 1, 2007
    8
    This movie is about messy subjects that it makes much to clean and easy. Yet i really liked it. It was fun and light and had one truely great secne in it. I thought the actors were all fine. The movie really is a fantasy that recallsthe simple comedies of the 30's and 40's. Full Review »