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The Overnighters (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Hard-hitting, absorbing, and painfully relevant, The Overnighters offers an urgent and compassionate picture of life in 21st century America.

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A modern-day Grapes of Wrath, award-winning documentary The Overnighters is an intimate portrait of job-seekers desperately chasing the broken American Dream to the tiny oil boom town of Williston, North Dakota. With the town lacking the infrastructure to house the overflow of migrants, a local pastor starts the controversial "overnighters" program, allowing down-and-out workers a place to sleep at the church. His well-meaning project immediately runs into resistance with his community, forcing the clergyman to make a decision which leads to profound consequences that he never imagined. (c) Drafthouse

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It develops into a study of obsession, hypocrisy, righteousness and self-doubt, questioning motive and then gob-smacking the audience with the wholly unexpected.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
Detroit News
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While initially a gentle interrogation of Christian dogma, The Overnighters expands to a larger investigation of altruism and its roots in private psychologies.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
indieWIRE
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Moss uses images of drill towers or blistering flame as visual metaphors for other things transpiring on screen: the fracturing of a family, the heated fury that comes with a sense of betrayal.

December 19, 2014
Denver Post
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"The Overnighters" is commendable for many reasons, not the least of which is the way it allows complex issues to remain complex. There is a clear conflict between the pastor and the town, but there's no good vs. evil.

Full Review… | November 13, 2014
Washington Post
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So much of "The Overnighters" tells all sorts of truths, and Moss earned the trust of his subjects, whatever they might think of the result.

Full Review… | November 13, 2014
Chicago Tribune
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The movie might seem like just another liberal do-gooder profile, yet a shocker ending throws new and disturbing light on the situation, amplifying the Christian themes at the heart of the story.

Full Review… | November 13, 2014
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for The Overnighters

Beautiful movie! Very sad, very dramatic, and very real. Let's you see both the good and bad of mankind and the people who try so hard to help.

Dorianator Fournier
Dorianator Fournier

A fascinating look at the nature of humanity when a slew of job seekers descends on a small town in hopes of attaining work which doesn't exist. The residents of the town quickly choose sides and attempt to either help or hinder. Williston is a microcosm of society.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Completely mind blowing, but not in a positive way. I admire these people for bettering heir lives, but I'm embarrassed for Christianity. I'd be ashamed to be a Christian in this film.

Lanky Man Pat
Lanky Man Pat

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