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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Herzog conducts his own expedition into knowing the unknowable -- the true task of any filmmaker. Herzog makes it an art. show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    This is the heart-rending true story of a man with a seemingly benign preoccupation that turned into something close to madness and brought him to a terrible end. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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. show more

  • 90
    Wall Street Journal

    Mr. Herzog's perspective is an invaluable balance to Mr. Treadwell's as the animal advocate approaches what seems like madness. show more

  • 100
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Werner Herzog's magnificent tragedy, Grizzly Man, a Shakespearean character study that packs the sheer terror of "The Blair Witch Project." show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Though some see Treadwell as an idealistic martyr who made the ultimate sacrifice for his passion, others vilify him as an arrogant fool who courted his own end. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Brilliant, poetic, and utterly unique. show more

  • 100
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    Herzog not only tells an incredible story but implies a dark metaphysic of the natural world that makes this film unsettlingly larger than its human subject. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The documentary is an uncommon meeting between Treadwell's loony idealism, and Herzog's bleak worldview. show more

  • 88
    Peter Debruge Miami Herald

    Herzog himself is one of the great lunatic directors of our century, a mad genius who repeatedly attempts to challenge nature and the gods in his own films. show more

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