The Overnighters


The Overnighters

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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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Critic Reviews for The Overnighters

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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.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    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.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Dec 19, 2014
  • "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.

    Nov 13, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 13, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 13, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Overnighters

  • Jun 13, 2015
    It's interesting, it's just not engaging.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2014
    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 B Super Reviewer

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