The Grey Zone
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The story of five prisoners in the Auschwitz concentration camp as told through the memoirs of Dr. Miklos Nyiszil, a Hungarian Jew chosen by Josef Mengele to be the head pathologist at Auschwitz.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even in its darkest moments, a heartening defiance underlies gut-wrenching calamity."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Like the Ancient Mariner, Nelson grabs us by the collar and says, You must know about this. You must bear witness. And so you do."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It unsuccessfully tries to bridge the gap between pathos and establishing a sense of realism, coming across as forced. Overweight prisoners and Harvey Keitel's German accent distract from the mood of the film."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Unlike Schindler's List, ... this uses history to remind us of the tenuousness of our own morality, to remind us that ... most of us will never have to know what we might be capable of in certain circumstances."
‑ M. Faust, ArtVoice
"An intelligent and deeply felt work about impossible, irrevocable choices and the price of making them."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"The Grey Zone isn't for everyone, but its riveting power constitutes a stunning (as in it leaves you shattered and shaken) achievement."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"This is a masterpiece and yet another chapter of the dark period called: "The Holocaust.""
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Filme trágico, complexo, difícil - e que pode ser assistido em sessão dupla com O Pianista."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The effort is sincere and the results are honest, but the film is so bleak that it's hardly watchable."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's hard to imagine anybody ever being "in the mood" to view a movie as harrowing and painful as The Grey Zone, but it's equally hard to imagine anybody being able to tear their eyes away from the screen once it's started."
‑ Paul Matwychuk, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"[Nelson's] movie about morally compromised figures leaves viewers feeling compromised, unable to find their way out of the fog and the ashes."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"So many incredibly raw, wrenching--and, crucially, unsparingly unsentimental--scenes and moments that it's impossible to not be haunted by the film."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Roman Polanski's The Pianist may have been showered with Oscar glory ... but the best Holocaust film of 2002 was actually The Grey Zone."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Hauntingly unforgettable."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Brings light to a little-known facet of the Holocaust in a way that does justice to its moral ambiguities."
‑ Kim Linekin, eye WEEKLY
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