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The Grey Zone

HD   R Closed Captioning

Tim Blake Nelson

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About the Movie

This compelling and harrowing film chronicles a unit of Auschwitz's Sonderkommando, a special squad of Jewish prisoners, who staged the only armed revolt that would ever take place at Auschwitz.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 82
  • Fresh: 56
  • Rotten: 26
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: No dramatic feature has ever come quite this close to the matter-of-fact ugliness of the Nazi crimes. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: Nelson's work is relentless, grueling and courageous. – Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 19, 2002

Fresh: Jagged, unrelenting, claustrophobically intimate. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: [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, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Living Death

Tim Blake Nelson's The Grey Zone finally moves the Holocaust discussion into uncharted territory beyond black and white, good and evil. The film courageously reveals that the potential for both dwell within everyone simultaneously. I found myself unable to look away, forced to wonder, "Could I live with myself if I had to make the choices the characters are forced to consider?" How we rationalize evil and good is a razor's edge and the film succeeds in honestly presenting the viewer with the complexity of those decisions.

There are atrocities that have I have not witnessed before on screen. I applaud Nelson and the cast for challenging us to wrestle with hard, ambiguous questions that have no easy answers. Along with the dead bodies, The Grey Zone burns one's hypocrisy and self-delusions to ashes. It is a harrowing light.