Grizzly Man
Grizzly Man (2005)

This documentary centers on amateur grizzly bear expert Timothy Treadwell, who periodically journeyed to Alaska to study and live with the bears. The outdoorsman and author -- along with his partner, Amie Huguenard -- was eventually killed… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: August 12, 2005
DVD Release Date: December 26, 2005
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Whatever opinion you come to have of the obsessive Treadwell, Herzog has once again found a fascinating subject.

Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader

Like so much of Herzog's work, both narrative and documentary, this is an engrossing look at obsessive behavior gone terribly awry.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

An alternately gripping and funny-charming nature film and psychological study.

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Zadie Smith
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Herzog has his documentary in hand, explaining that what we have here "iz on astone-ishing story of beauty and depth". He's not wrong.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Treadwell, a failed TV actor, is presented as someone desperate to give and receive love. That he went to such extremes is tragic, but also, in Herzog's sympathetic eyes, deeply human.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

[Treadwell] left behind 100 hours of some of the most astonishing nature footage ever captured by camera.

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David Keyes

Herzog's stirring, thought-provoking documentary meditates with exceeding insight into the mind that drove the man.

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Ben Walters
Time Out

Fascinating as both nature documentary and as a portrait of a narcissistic monomaniac, utterly in keeping with Herzogian type.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Compelling, disturbing documentary.

Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

Werner Herzog forgoes judging Timothy Treadwell's disputed methods or questionable mental state - letting viewers decide based on footage that suggests Treadwell essentially sought some sort of transmutation from flesh to fur.

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Sam Barnett
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Melvin White
Timothy Treadwell: I want rain. I want, if there's a God, to kick some ass down here. Let's have some water! Jesus boy! Let's have some water!… More