The Overnighters Reviews

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August 6, 2019
The big takeaway for me was how brutal the burden is for those who truly embrace the core conceits of the Christian faith and its insistence upon caring for any and all who need help, no matter the sins of their past.
June 12, 2019
The fact that something so inherently dramatic comes from the world of non-fiction makes this feel like a truly rare sight.
April 3, 2019
A film that sheds layers like a rotting onion, this is cinema that forces a narrative that is constant.
November 22, 2018
Moss goes where the story takes him as Reinke's altruism increasingly appears to be an exercise in futility, chasing lost causes and threatening to become one himself.
November 8, 2018
[Director] Jesse Moss struck gold with this documentary; he tells the story that many people have experienced without exploitation or loss of dignity.
August 31, 2018
The Overnighters isn't just a movie about the economic crisis or the breakdown of the American Dream. Its powerful metaphors take it from very specific circumstances to something universal.
February 16, 2018
If "The Overnighters" is accurate, Americans' sense of community has been sacrificed to tabloid fearmongering. It's a despairing look at how we got this way.
November 28, 2017
It is a sobering, cautionary tale, and one well worth watching.
February 26, 2016
It's about humanity: our paranoia, fear, and stubbornness to evolve into a species where peace could ever be a viable reality.
February 26, 2015
One of the most potent examples of cinéma vérité to arrive in recent years, Jesse Moss's "The Overnighters" transcends the genre with a multifaceted examination of complex social issues facing the town of Williston, North Dakota.
February 25, 2015
An existentially probing documentary with more layers than a twisty Hollywood thriller, at turns inspiring, challenging, sobering and finally devastating.
January 29, 2015
Has been described as a 21st-century 'The Grapes of Wrath,' but its plot twists are of the type that might have caused Tom Joad to hightail it back to Oklahoma.
January 19, 2015
This story, touching many social issues, is told on a very personal level. There is an extraordinary revelation near the end of the film. It is as if it was written by a great screenwriter, but instead, it is real life. Amazing.
January 5, 2015
It develops into a study of obsession, hypocrisy, righteousness and self-doubt, questioning motive and then gob-smacking the audience with the wholly unexpected.
January 5, 2015
While initially a gentle interrogation of Christian dogma, The Overnighters expands to a larger investigation of altruism and its roots in private psychologies.
January 5, 2015
In The Overnighters documentarist Jesse Moss found his story and pursued it with remarkable empathy, all in the best traditions of the genre.
January 5, 2015
Moss lets his characters and their stories unfold, crafting a film from them intuitively through the right interview questions and the art of editing, but never placing a narrative on it that feels forced.
January 5, 2015
Moss is an incredibly sympathetic filmmaker, and his master stroke is to structure The Overnighters as a portrait of both an individual and a community.
January 5, 2015
The Overnighters, an ambitious documentary about the plight of the working class directed, produced, and photographed by Jesse Moss, is one of the trickiest nonfiction films to emerge in quite some time.
January 5, 2015
Full of ambush, surprise, illumination, it's a total corker. And Moss and his camera, somehow, are there every time a new bottle of truth is opened, with a gush, a pop or an explosion.
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