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October Country (2009)

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 3

It flirts with voyeurism, but this deeply personal look at a working-class family in upstate New York is piercingly honest and refreshingly unsentimental.

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 3

It flirts with voyeurism, but this deeply personal look at a working-class family in upstate New York is piercingly honest and refreshingly unsentimental.

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A family struggles to stay together despite a long and troubling history of emotional trauma in this visually striking documentary. When asked about his family, Don Mosher tells an interviewer, "We wouldn't know normal if it fell on us." The line is more than just a self-depreciating joke as we spend a year with the Moshers, who live in a decaying rural community in New York State. Don is a Vietnam veteran who is still dealing with the emotional scars of war and is either withdrawn or sharply

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Eventually you wonder whether the capacity to accept and forgive is a virtue or part of what's holding the Moshers down.

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The beauty of October Country, beside its artful images, is how it compresses the windblown fortunes of working-class America into the fallen leaves of one forlorn family.

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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You can probably extract a sociological or political message from the film, but I don't think that was the intention. This lack of an agenda seems to add to the movie's intensity.

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Too often, the camera is angling to be the star.

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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A powerful portrait of the American working poor and the dynamics that govern all families, regardless of economic class.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Unlike similar yet superior films like Capturing the Friedmans, October Country has no mysteries to probe or revelations to share.

March 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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[An] intensely raw, empathetic non-fiction portrait.

November 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Sometimes ghosts don't have to come from the grave to haunt someone...

October 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

If you give October Country enough of a shot, it becomes crystal clear that filmmakers Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher care about their subjects.

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Mohawk Valley is a beautiful place, but, just like the Mosher family, it's been blighted by modern times. Here is a place where people gather to watch fireworks. At Walmart.

April 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

It's a remarkable, unsentimental portrait that refuses to condescend or lecture to either its subjects or its audience.

April 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

A devastating documentary portrait of its filmmaker Donal Mosher's family living in the culture vacuum of Mohawk Valley, New York, "October Country" is an essential social document of American reality.

February 17, 2010 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Documentary focuses on the despair of one extended family, but might as well represent an uncompromising, microcosmic study of American poverty.

February 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The film has a haunted, autumnal motif

February 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

An enlightening, well-edited, haunting, thoroughly compelling and unflinchingly honest documentary that's essential viewing for every family, whether dysfunctional or not.

February 13, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Ultimately, it's the Mosher clan's resilience and lack of self-pity that keeps October Country from coming across as a case of pure exploitation.

February 12, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

A candid and troubling documentary about a working-class family in upstate New York whose lives have been deeply altered by violence.

February 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Rare opportunity to hear frankly from a real family recovering from bad choices who have tough decisions to face in a beautiful, chronically economically depressed region.

February 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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