The Grey Zone
The Grey Zone (2002)

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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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 25, 2002
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A grim and devastating tale of the Holocaust.

Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

Even in its darkest moments, a heartening defiance underlies gut-wrenching calamity.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

This is a masterpiece and yet another chapter of the dark period called: "The Holocaust."

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

The Grey Zone isn't for everyone, but its riveting power constitutes a stunning (as in it leaves you shattered and shaken) achievement.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Jagged, unrelenting, claustrophobically intimate.

Michael Dequina

So many incredibly raw, wrenching--and, crucially, unsparingly unsentimental--scenes and moments that it's impossible to not be haunted by the film.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

[Nelson's] movie about morally compromised figures leaves viewers feeling compromised, unable to find their way out of the fog and the ashes.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Although the movie takes us further into the actual process of industrial death at Auschwitz than any American movie has yet dared, The Grey Zone never stoops to sensation or melodrama.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

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.

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