Reviews for Netflix’s The Gray Man Aren’t So Black And White

Reviews for The Gray Man are in and the critical consensus is decidedly mixed. Directors of some of the highest-grossing movies of all time like Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Joe and Anthony Russo return to the action genre for their adaptation of the first novel in Mark Greaney’s spy series of the same name. This is the biggest budgeted Netflix original movie to date, costing in the ballpark of $200 million, and the Russo Brothers enlisted an A-list cast including Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean Page, Dhanush, and Billy Bob Thornton to put it together and to potentially start an MCU-style shared universe.,The Gray Man follows Gosling’s globe-trotting assassin Court Gentry, aka Sierra Six, a former convict recruited by the CIA. On a mission in Bangkok, the killer for hire finds himself in possession of a thumb drive full of agency secrets and goes AWOL. This triggers the CIA into sending the sociopathic Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans) on an obsessive hunt to track Sierra Six down and kill him. The result is a series of explosions and action setpieces as Gosling fights his way through a series of hired killers, aided only by fellow CIA operative Dani Miranda, played by de Armas.,Related: The Gray Man Can Fix The Russos & Chris Evans’ Non-MCU Movie Problems,Ahead of The Gray Man’s theatrical release on July 15, followed by its Netflix release on July 22, many publications have been putting out early reviews of the film. While most have praise for the two leads, especially Chris Evans’ turn as the uncharacteristically unhinged villain, many reviewers are split as to whether the plot and cheesy one-liners are a fun throwback to action films from the 80s, or whether they’re just lazy and uninspired. While some have been positive and some negative, most reviews fall in the gray area in between. Check out selected quotes from The Gray Man reviews below:,Molly Freeman, Screen Rant,Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times,Robbie Collin, The Telegraph,John Nugent, Empire,Clarisse Loughery, Independent (UK), ,Luke Y, Thompson, AV Club,David Ehrlich, Indiewire,Pete Hammond, Deadline,Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times,Peter Debruge, Variety,As of now, the Rotten Tomatoes score for The Gray Man is far from fresh, hovering around a 49% among critics. This is still a sight better than the Russo Brothers’ previous non-MCU film, the crime drama Cherry, starring Tom Holland in a markedly un-Peter Parker-like role. While the brothers have reteamed with their Winter SoldierInfinity War, and Endgame screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely for this latest project, the action film doesn’t seem to be the out-of-the-ballpark success of their superhero efforts.,The Rotten Tomatoes score often splits when it comes to audience reactions versus those of critics. Since most audiences haven’t yet had the chance to see the film, that could likely be the case here. Regardless of how people feel about the movie, negative, positive, or somewhere in between, the consensus seems to be that The Gray Man is not a thinking person’s movie, and may be best enjoyed if viewers are willing to sit back and turn off their brains for a couple of hours.,Next: Every Netflix Movie Coming In Summer 2022,Source: Various (see links above)