• Released
  • February 12, 2010
  • 1 hr 20 min
  • Documentary
October Country Synopsis
Filmmakers document the hardscrabble lives of a poor family in small-town New York.
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Time Out New York

Jersey Shore may be the hyped example of trashy onscreen “reality,” but this portrait of an upstate working-poor family forsakes...
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Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
Manages to excavate enough universal pathos from the mundane to find something truly extraordinary in the ordinary.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
The beauty of October Country, beside its artful images, is how it compresses the windblown fortunes of working-class America into the...
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
October Country doesn't really have a point, or a story, but it's an almost unbearably vivid portrait of four generations in a single...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is the face of dysfunction. Apparently alcohol and drugs are not involved, except perhaps with some of the missing men. The drug here...
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Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
A beautiful evocation of a time and place -- Mohawk Valley in upstate New York, spanning from one Halloween to the next -- and a loving but...
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The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
October Country feels at once personal and objective, a fascinating hybrid of two important tendencies in the modern documentary.
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Boston Globe

By Janice Page
What results is both real and surreal, giving and self indulgent. That’s the country we all live in.
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Boxoffice Magazine

By Mark Keizer
With the nation’s unemployment rate hovering around 10% and home foreclosure numbers stubbornly high, Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Family dysfunction has proved a rich resource for documentary filmmakers in recent years, but "October" lacks the narrative drive and...
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