Obit Reviews

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May 18, 2017
As someone who takes great pleasure in both reading and writing valedictions to the recently deceased, I can personally attest that the movie's dead on.
May 17, 2017
"Obit" wraps up with a simple, wry statement by one of the NYT obit writers: "There's nothing you can do about dying, by the way."
May 17, 2017
an extraordinary account of what makes the New York Times's obituaries so special, complete with pearls of wisdom on good writing and how to shape a story.
May 12, 2017
The engaging documentary by Vanessa Gould showcases the experienced, intrepid and sensitive writers who do their best to "do right" by the people who "have made an impact" whose lives they're bringing to light.
May 11, 2017
Obit's stealth hero is Jeff Roth, keeper of the Times' archive of clippings and photographs. It's appropriately called "the morgue," and a movie consisting only of Roth going through the drawers would be no less fascinating.
May 11, 2017
It is fascinating to watch the writers in "Obit" strive to do right by their subjects, warts and all.
May 10, 2017
Gould's surprisingly entertaining doc introduces us to what must be the best-staffed obit department in the country.
May 10, 2017
These folks are neither dour nor sappy; they are just talented journalists who want to do right by the people who left their mark on the world.
May 5, 2017
Vanessa Gould's brisk, affectionate documentary Obit suggests that obituary writing as practiced by the ace team at The New York Times could be the most imaginative and organic form of journalism in contemporary newspapers.
May 5, 2017
This is an excellent little film about the poetry and eloquence that a big New York City landmark finds in writing about the dead.
May 4, 2017
A fascinating look at the way in which these memorials function as not only tributes to fascinating, influential, idiosyncratic lives, but also as crucial records about our society and culture.
May 4, 2017
The people brought to life here, using a combination of the written obituary and news clips, are a varied and fascinating bunch.
May 4, 2017
Writing an evocative, compact, accurate obituary is an art, and Vanessa Gould's joyous documentary Obit takes us on a tour of the joint where some of the best are written ...
April 27, 2017
Obit is exactly that, lively, a nimbly made movie that benefits from its subjects' inherent appeal, as well as their profound sense of compassion.
April 27, 2017
An intensive look inside the way one of the country's most prestigious newspapers works.
April 27, 2017
It is abundantly clear that Obit was made by someone who, to paraphrase featured obituarist Bruce Weber, has encountered death before and knows how to approach the subject with compassion.
April 26, 2017
A remarkably good film about the craft of writing.
April 26, 2017
Readers of the New York Times are bound to enjoy an inside look at one of the paper's most dependably enthralling sections.
April 26, 2017
Do something memorable, and do it fast. Obit implies that the obituary page, like everything else, is fast becoming a dying art.
April 26, 2017
Entertaining if a bit conventional in its anecdotal structure and slightly cutesy tone, these 95 minutes should appeal to the same public that happily spends half the day reading the Sunday Times ...
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