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Grizzly Man (2005)



Critic Consensus: Whatever opinion you come to have of the obsessive Treadwell, Herzog has once again found a fascinating subject.

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This documentary centers on amateur grizzly bear expert Timothy Treadwell, who periodically journeyed to Alaska to study and live with the bears. The outdoorsman and author -- along with his partner, Amie Huguenard -- was eventually killed and devoured by one of the very animals to whom he had devoted years of study.

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Critic Reviews for Grizzly Man

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (50)

Of course, the legendary filmmaker can't resist inserting his own outsize ego into the story, but somehow this documentary has room for two larger-than-life characters.

July 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Herzog has his documentary in hand, explaining that what we have here "iz on astone-ishing story of beauty and depth". He's not wrong.

January 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Like so much of Herzog's work, both narrative and documentary, this is an engrossing look at obsessive behavior gone terribly awry.

April 29, 2008 | Full Review…

Treadwell, a failed TV actor, is presented as someone desperate to give and receive love. That he went to such extremes is tragic, but also, in Herzog's sympathetic eyes, deeply human.

August 16, 2007

Part punk wildlife doc, part diary of a twisted soul, part cautionary tale, Grizzly Man is a complex, unique and engrossing journey into the murky recesses of an unhinged mind.

April 1, 2006 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

At turns fascinating and banal… a film that dances around vital questions about the human condition that it is barely able to articulate, let alone address.

February 11, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Grizzly Man

This has to be one of the most mesmerizing documentaries to come out, possibly ever. Between the hypnotic monotone of narrator and director Werner Herzog, and the out of this world footage from bear aficionado Tim Treadwell, this is a merging that will never be replicated again. The film lets you decide for yourself what the legacy of Tim Treadwell really is, but you cannot deny his energy, focus, and pure love for these creatures. Read more at

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

An immediately captivating premise is elevated by Werner Herzog's perfect pacing and elegant editing, and the undeniably beautiful yet eerie, tragically ironic footage taken by Timothy Treadwell, the man who lived for 13 summers with grizzly bears before being eaten by one in 2003. The clearly troubled, possibly insane Treadwell set out to film bears, and Herzog instead turns this wealth of amazing footage on its original, now-deceased filmmaker to create an utterly human story.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer


The hypocritical execution made this documentary come off as rather unauthentic. A better reenactment/acting (specifically the scenes involving Jewel Palovak were executed horribly. The pretentiousness was quite apparent, at least to me. The scene where Herzog suggests her to destroy the tape was pathetic than sympathetic.) might have helped here. Apart from that flaw, the movie was passable. And passable isn't too bad these days around. 4.5/10.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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