In Transit

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78%

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This documentary takes viewers aboard America's busiest long-distance train route - and into the hearts and minds of everyday people.

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Critic Reviews for In Transit

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (18)

  • The nonlinear, dreamlike narrative focuses on internal as much as external journeys, with strangers connecting across racial, cultural, and generational divides to express wisdom or compassion.

    Sep 28, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Mostly people talk. Lovely to look at, "In Transit" is even better to listen to.

    Aug 31, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • At 76 minutes, the movie may seem modest, but there are shades of Jack Kerouac and Studs Terkel in its chronicler's ambitions, and echoes of John Ford in its portrayal of how Americans form communities.

    Jun 22, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A vivid cross-section of regular folks who all happen to be aboard the Empire Builder, an Amtrak train that makes a three-day journey between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest.

    Jun 22, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • The film is gently thrilling, often revealing, alive with talk and scenic beauty and well-observed vignettes.

    Jun 21, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Sampling snippets and snatches of lives and conversations, Maysles and his fellow filmmakers undertake a folk odyssey through northern landscapes that proves a fitting farewell to an American ethnographer.

    May 6, 2015 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

    Variety
    Top Critic

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