One of Us Reviews

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February 8, 2020
By employing refreshingly potent visuals in a marginalized story that needs telling, Ewing and Grady have created one of the year's best films.
December 31, 2019
Goes farther into observing Hasidic ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in US than any nonfiction film...Emotional pain of those trying to leave its control tugs at the heart.
December 5, 2018
Ewing and Grady impart no judgement, but rather allow their subjects to reveal a self composed critique of the Hasidic community in which they were raised via an anxiously tailing camera that acts as both fly on the wall and confessional.
August 27, 2018
Filmmakers like Heidi and Rachel, are examples of why more female directors are needed.
February 9, 2018
[Etty] is not only the standout subject of the triptych, but her courage and the film's portrayal of her transition into general society makes the whole thing a must-see.
January 24, 2018
One of Us gives us a peek inside a mostly isolated world, and through it we learn that it has all the same problems.
November 11, 2017
One of Us is a heartbreaking and devastating documentary
November 7, 2017
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.
November 2, 2017
So much remains unresolved that when coupled with an inability to delve into the interior world of the Hasidic community makes for an unfinished, unsatisfying film.
October 25, 2017
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.
October 24, 2017
Shocking docu on abuse in Orthodox faith; cursing, violence.
October 20, 2017
The terror and trauma of fleeing fundamentalism is front and center in One of Us, a harrowing new documentary.
October 20, 2017
... it's broadly understandable, too, which makes One of Us a bridge into empathy even for the outsider.
October 20, 2017
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.
October 19, 2017
It's fascinating, but it feels incomplete.
October 19, 2017
Deeply involving story of 3 Hasidic Jews who break away from a sect that provided both support and frustration. My choice for best documentary of 2017.
October 19, 2017
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.
October 19, 2017
An eye-opening, emotionally wrenching documentary from the directors of Jesus Camp about three young people fighting to escape New York's strict Hasidic community.
October 19, 2017
As a documentary, "One of Us" is a small act of portraiture, but each portrait captures the pain of having a life upended.
October 17, 2017
The film is a nuanced and moving illustration of the dilemma facing doubting members of the growing Hasidic community in New York City, home to the world's largest population of Jews outside of Israel.
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