Based on 122 votes and 19 reviews
A fantastic film that clearly depicts life in Nunavut. Having lived and taught there it stars up many memories. People from away will think that life portrayed is just a Hollywood version. It is not! This is a true to life depiction and the real life realization of the continuing struggles of the inuit as seen through the eyes of a white teacher trying to help his students.
A gritty but heartwarming and sometimes hilarious Inuit Canadian perspective of life in small town Nunavut. It's interesting that most of the population of Canada's most northern territory is young. Because the film is all about the youth there. This is not a "white saviour" movie as some critics suggest. Far from it. I watch a lot of First Nations film and television. And Canada rarely - if ever - produces fakery when it comes to their issues. Most people in cities across Canada saw "The Grizzlies" last spring. I had one day and time to see it in my BC Interior town. Terrible to think that Hollywood superhero flicks have such a grip on the Canadian psyche. That they take up so much money and space in our cinemas; at the expense of such a fine film like "The Grizzlies."
Fantastic! We need more films like this.
Excellent movie. I’m a 69yr old man and I was teary through many parts of this movie. Very inspirational also.
Engaging from start to finish. Well done.
Excellent movie and a sad reality
Excellent!!! Such an impressive movie. The story is both heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. The cast is brilliant for a group of mostly unknown actors. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, it’s tearfully heart-wrenching, and it’s deeply thought-provoking. It’s so beautiful on so many levels. Definitely worth watching again. Emerald and Booboo are simply magnificent. And the dude on the ATV. He cracked me up.
I loved the realism of this movie. It gives us a glimpse of the harsh reality that Inuit youngsters face every day but also shows the human spirit. The acting by the Inuits and the professional cast is excellent!
An emotional rollarcoster that showed the raw and real side of what life is like for many up north. 10/10 would recommend to anyone and everyone
Incredible movie, every Canadian should see this movie. The acting and story was incredible, those of us in the south get a look at what it’s truly like living in the North and growing up in the North.
Very well done. PG rating might be a bit too low. Hard life moments portrayed. So glad I went to see it.
This movie was powerful. Really well done with an amazing cast. It made me cry so much, bring kleenex!
Thank you to all involved in making this illuminating movie! With humility and awareness, we see and hear and feel the day to day trauma and difficulties faced by these teenagers, and their quiet strength and courage, how they survive or do not. It's about the need for actual understanding of the past and present, our willingness to see and to learn, to really care and do something. The belief in hope and possibility is profound and inspiring. The movie is an example of 'reconciliation.'
The most inspiring and must see movie for everyone! Outstanding acting by many first time Inuit actors - Emerald MacDonald is amazing!
Inspiring true story of one man's efforts to help change a community through sport. Change a kid - change a family - change a community.
Thought this was a wonderful and thoughtful movie. Certainly brings home the problems that the Inuit face. Was really glad to see at the end of the movie just how all the characters had moved on with their lives. Would have liked to know what happened to the teacher though. I hope he stayed in the community. would definitely recommend to others to watch.
Movie tackled a hard topic. Truly inspirational The Inuit actors are too notch. Great movie!
This is an inspiring true story that tells about the hardships of the Inuit in the north and how one man turned things around. Be sure to see it.
I love how Russ inspired the kids and the kids inspired Russ. The end is we are all inspired by this movie