How do you put a life into 500 words? Ask the staff obituary writers at the New York Times. OBIT is a first-ever glimpse into the daily rituals, joys and existential angst of the Times obit writers, as they chronicle life after death on the front lines of history.


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  • ★★★½ review by George Hanna-Wilson on Letterboxd

    A compelling look into the New York Times small but passionate team of obituary writers. This documentary shows the process and hardships that being an obituary writer entails. It's these folks jobs to sum up an entire persons life in so many words. Considering that the people they write about are of cultural significance adds to the pressure. The writers themselves are an interesting bunch.

  • ★★★½ review by Luis_989 on Letterboxd

    A documentary about the obituary writers of the New York Times. What at first might seem like an unattractive subject becomes a rather entertaining work that puts a modest emphasis on a quite fascinating and rarely recognized world.

  • ★★★★½ review by Sam McEwan on Letterboxd

    Humorous, uplifting, fascinating. All adjectives I didn't expect to associate with a film about the subject matter.

    It rollicks along at excellent pace, a terrific celebration of life.

  • ★★★★½ review by Chase Anderson on Letterboxd

    No frills; none needed.

  • ★★★½ review by Grace on Letterboxd

    Who'd've thought that this documentary on obituaries would end up satisfying my Sunday afternoon so well? I was quite impressed with how engaging this was from the beginning, drawing me in with stories of those commemorated, and keeping me interested as the writers give a job-shadow-style overview of the work at hand. Much like the eulogies themselves, the interviews touch only on the broadest strokes, but considering the niche appeal of the subject, the 90 minute runtime flew by and did well to not overstay its welcome.

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