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Grizzly Man

  R HD Closed Captioning

Werner Herzog

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Plot Summary

In this mesmerizing new film, acclaimed director Werner Herzog explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell, who lived unarmed among grizzlies for 13 summers.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 136
  • Fresh: 126
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Grizzly Man is a haunting and fascinating portrait of so much that is worth exploring: the implacability of nature, the hubris of human endeavor and the line between supreme dedication and madness. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Like so much of Herzog's work, both narrative and documentary, this is an engrossing look at obsessive behavior gone terribly awry. – Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: An alternately gripping and funny-charming nature film and psychological study. – Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: What makes Grizzly Man remarkable are the edited tapes that at first seem to show a man at peace among nature, and then later reveal the startlingly fragile state of that man's mind and persona. – Tom Long, Detroit News, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

One of Herzog's Best

Riveting. "Timmy" Treadwell is a classic Herzog antihero: Mad, beyond obsessive, self-deluding, megalomaniacal, narcissistic, very damaged and struggling, heroically in his way, to cope. Problem was, his idea of coping was to deny and run away from what was really upsetting him. A very weird and tortured soul, sometimes very sad and troubling to watch, but sometimes unintentionally hilarious, too. His footage of his bear "friends" is engrossing. Herzog's interviews with his human "girlfriends" and others is amazing. Obviously Timmy wasn't the only oddball who went off to Alaska because he couldn't deal with society. The brief encounter with Treadwell's mom and dad speaks volumes, too. Herzog plays it all straight (sic), letting them all reveal themselves without much comment. Was Treadwell a gay man in severe denial, or just a grown-up child who never stopped playing with his teddy bears until one of them got fed up and ate him? Or both? He was a loony, and he got another person killed with him, but Herzog humanizes him and makes him almost a tragic hero. Almost. It also says a lot on several issues -- about the dangers of romanticizing nature, the lure of celebrity, the cult-like ability people have to completely delude themselves and believe in their fantasies or paranoias no matter how patently unreal and ultimately deadly they are. Fascinating film, one of Herzog's greatest docs.

One of the best docs I've ever seen

Timothy Treadwell sure was an interesting dude; albeit a very stupid one. Werner Herzog deals with subject in a way that's organic as it could've been. Oh, and the cinematography is absolutely gorgeous.

One of Herzog's Best

An extremely powerful and completely captivating documentary. Herzog helps you get an understanding of Timothy Treadwell, who was, in many ways, a completely enigmatic figure. Herzog carefully pieces together Treadwell's footage with shots of his own to create such an entertaining, informative film. The subject matter is fascinating, and is enhanced by Herzog's brilliant filmmaking. A must watch.