The Grey Zone

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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.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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Score distribution:
  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
    75
    Should be seen: It's a worthy ordeal, with flaws that, ironically, make grist for later arguments.
  4. 60
    Jagged, unrelenting, claustrophobically intimate.
  5. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Kim Morgan
    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. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    Staccato, Mamet-style dialogue exchanges, breathless pacing and remarkably healthy, well-fed-looking actors create a cumulative sense of artificiality that seriously undercuts the devastating effect clearly being sought.
  7. 40
    "No poetry after Auschwitz," Theodor Adorno proclaimed. One sometimes wishes he'd added, "And no big-name cinema either."

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