(2005)

Critic Reviews

87

Metascore

Based on 35 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Brilliant, poetic, and utterly unique.
100
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.
100
A brilliant documentary about an American saint and fool--a man who understands everything about nature except death.
100
Variety
A brilliant portrait of adventure, activism, obsession and potential madness that ranks among helmer Werner Herzog's strongest work.
91
Entertainment Weekly
A mesmerizing work of disturbing power and unease.
90
Village Voice
For many the question remains about how Treadwell's eventual death should be regarded--as a tragedy, as a fool's fate, or as comeuppance for daring to humanize wild predators and habituating them to human presence. Herzog's perspective is, of course, scrupulously nonjudgmental.
88
Rolling Stone
Herzog conducts his own expedition into knowing the unknowable -- the true task of any filmmaker. Herzog makes it an art.
88
ReelViews
Actually three movies in one: a wildlife film about how grizzly bears behave in their natural habitat, a character study of an eccentric environmentalist, and a chilling, voyeuristic narrative of how death stalks that man.
80
The A.V. Club
Herzog is still the only person who could have made Grizzly Man. His admiration for Treadwell has its limits, but he understands, better than most directors, what it means to follow dreams into the belly of the beast.
70
Film Threat
The results are by turns fascinating, horrifying, and maddening.

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