Jeremy of We Got This Covered wrote, "Director Joe Carnahan makes his best movie yet with The Grey. Previously, Carnahan has worked on films like Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team, which were a mix of stylized action, quick cuts and comedy. The Grey is almost the complete opposite, aside from some stylistic filters. It’s much more of a human drama that tests the endurance and inner-strength of the human soul. It shows just how far a man can be pushed and still come back swinging with an internal fire that cannot be matched. In short, The Grey is Liam Neeson continuing to be a badass, but this time deserving an Oscar while doing so."