Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 100
    The first shot tells us 45365 is the zip code of the town." In this achingly beautiful film, that zip code belongs to Sidney, Ohio, a handsome town of about 20,000 residents.
  2. 100
    Directors Turner Ross and Bill Ross IV, brothers and native sons of Sidney, find poetry in images of the mundane.
  3. Remarkable patchwork of unremarkable lives.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    90
    A seductive, fascinating tapestry of small-town life.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    80
    Alternating between stunning fixed takes and quick you-are-there camera movements, Bill and Turner Ross's portrait of their tiny Ohio hmetown (the title is its zip code) weaves a hypnotic tapestry out of everyday banalities.
  6. 80
    The result is a poetic documentary of quiet American surfaces and intimately eavesdropped people.
  7. A graceful, affectionate yet clear-eyed portrait of daily Middle America small-town life in which no individuals are interviewed but instead are observed with detachment as they go about their lives.
  8. 75
    For such a small place (officially a city, Sidney sure feels like a town), it's strikingly diverse.
  9. Imagine Norman Rockwell had he been more of a realist than a nostalgist.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 3, 2012
    10
    All I can say after watching this great great film is WOW !. The directors were such a genius that they were capable of using such normal everyday-life into something so special and that we could possibly see those connection that people share in a community. Sense of simpliness in this film is so uniquely beautiful that it's become one of my favorite documentary films of all time. A purely constructed film. Full Review »