Off the Rails Reviews

November 18, 2016
If nothing else, Off the Rails, which includes a few too many reenactments for my taste, does what many good documentaries do. It provides us with a window into the psyche of a person worth caring about.
November 17, 2016
An assured and thoughtful debut.
November 16, 2016
Watching this film stirs a mix of delight in the depth of McCollum's train fascination and pity for how neglected he's been by a system not built to recognize that the root of his crimes is not simply criminal impulse.
November 11, 2016
Though the film eventually grows as repetitious as its subject's habit, this odd tale has an undeniable bizarro human-interest fascination.
November 4, 2016
Off The Rails uses interviews, animation and dramatic reconstructions to tell McCollum's strange story but these devices are never flashy or distracting.
November 3, 2016
[An] excellent documentary ...
November 1, 2016
While we fret over a situation offering no easy solutions, Irving alternates between colorful anecdotes from McCollum's illicit career and examples of the way the courts have failed him.
October 7, 2016
Well-woven, with the kind-hearted voices of psychiatrists, playwrights, family members, lawyers and the gregarious McCollum himself failing to come up with a solution on how to handle an autistic, obsessive and irresponsible rail rider.