Obit Reviews

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April 26, 2017
New York Times obituary writers eloquently discuss the highs and lows of their job in a film of niche interest that offers fun facts and grand themes.
April 26, 2017
Rarely does the idea of death elicit the warmth and utter charm as it does in this documentary.
April 25, 2017
One comes away from "Obit" grateful that the paper has at its disposal a team of humane, gifted people who make commemorating the dead a lively, lasting art.
April 24, 2017
Obit rarely strays from the anodyne tone of the advertorial.
April 23, 2017
The film ascribes to a conventionally contrapuntal take on the lives of those who spend all day surrounded by death.
April 21, 2017
A bit New York (and New York Times) myopic, but a fascinating portrait of the dying profession of people who sum up the lives of the newly-deceased for newspapers.
April 21, 2017
A quirky and engaging documentary about the obit beat of The New York Times.
April 17, 2017
OBIT, the new documentary from director Vanessa Gould, lingers at the newspaper's death-desk to think through the meaning of remembrance, and to show the workday of these uncommon journalists.
April 1, 2017
Don't make your family pay for a death notice in the New York Times. "Obit" will inspire you to do something great, which means the paper of record will grant you a free placement.
March 31, 2017
Gould secures plenty of nuts-and-bolts detail about the reporting and writing process, which can range from novelistic use of detail to the prosaic but no less critical matter of confirming the death itself.
March 31, 2017
Documentarian Vanessa Gould leads her viewer by the hand through the day in a life of the darling weirdos at The New York Times obituary desk.
March 30, 2017
Obit is a fascinating, if slightly too long, look at newspaper journalism in general and obituaries in particular.
March 30, 2017
This is one of the more unusual tales in this fascinating story of life (and death) in the obit department of the New York Times.
March 29, 2017
Engaging and lively.
March 29, 2017
This doc about obituary writers for the New York Times and their challenges in making people come alive again never takes off.
February 9, 2017
The writers' stories are juxtaposed snugly beside the details of their subjects to create an exceptionally tight, often hilarious film.
September 16, 2016
Overall, this is a competently made, elegant and insightful film that celebrates life and writing far more than it languishes in the tragedies of death.
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