One of Us


One of Us

Critics Consensus

Harrowing and heartbreaking, One of Us offers an intimate, revealing glimpse inside a notoriously private community and those who would dare defy it.



Total Count: 24


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One of Us explores the opaque world of Hasidic Judaism through a cadre of fascinating characters. Through unique and intimate access over the span of three years, acclaimed observational filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp, Detropia) delve into the lives of three brave individuals who have recently made the decision to leave the insular ultra-orthodox community at the expense of all else, including relationships with their family members and--in one case--their personal safety. With a sensitive and compassionate eye, One of Us chronicles the achingly cinematic journey of people in search of a personal freedom that comes only at a very high cost.

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Critic Reviews for One of Us

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (10)

  • They had no interest in making an "objective documentary," although I doubt the Hasidim would have made themselves available to two women with a camera and their own hair.

    Nov 7, 2017 | Full Review…
  • One of Us offers a rare window into a highly insular community that is often misunderstood, or tacitly sanctioned for fear of stoking anti-semitism.

    Oct 25, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Jude Dry

    Top Critic
  • This is complex and often explosive subject matter, and in examining it, the excellent team of Ewing and Grady tread as carefully as they can.

    Oct 20, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's fascinating, but it feels incomplete.

    Oct 19, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Josh Modell

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Yet though none of the subjects, connected to different degrees to the Satmar sect, regrets leaving and joining the wider world, their after stories as well as their before ones touch on loneliness, insecurity and even trauma.

    Oct 19, 2017 | Full Review…
  • As a documentary, "One of Us" is a small act of portraiture, but each portrait captures the pain of having a life upended.

    Oct 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for One of Us

  • Mar 15, 2018
    Although it loses momentum and becomes repetitious in its second half, this is a solid and very interesting documentary that works as a nice companion piece to Jesus Camp, as it also offers us a disturbing - and even terrifying - look at the harmful side of religion.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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