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The Overnighters (2014)



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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Critic Reviews for The Overnighters

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (26)

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 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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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.

January 5, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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

"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.

November 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.

November 13, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Overnighters

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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It's interesting, it's just not engaging.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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