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  • Summary: Based on actual events, this is the story of the Auschwitz's twelfth Sonderkommando -- one of the thirteen consecutive 'Special Squads' of Jewish prisoners placed by the Nazis in the excruciating moral dilemma of helping to exterminate fellow Jews in exchange for a few more months of life. (Lions Gate Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 100
    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.
  2. 88
    Gives life and meaning to an event that is little more than a footnote in history books (if that).
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Should be seen: It's a worthy ordeal, with flaws that, ironically, make grist for later arguments.
  4. With all its flaws, though, The Grey Zone deserves to be respected, and to be seen.
  5. 58
    The dialogue is clipped and theatrical, and, aside from Harvey Keitel's German officer, accents are abandoned, which may distract viewers. For me it worked fine.
  6. 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.
  7. Certainly an honorable film. But honorable is not always watchable.

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