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The megalomaniacal rise and fall of filmmaker Troy Duffy is chronicled by one-time friends and colleagues in director Mark Smith's documentary. The film takes its title from the "overnight success" that befell Duffy in 1996, when the then-bartender was signed by Miramax president Harvey Weinstein to direct his killers-on-a-mission-from-God script The Boondock Saints. Smith's cameras follow Duffy from pre-production -- when he battled with executives over casting and financing decisions -- on through to the lackluster release of the film. What's more, Duffy expected his… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A portrait of Hollywood hubris extraordinaire."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"The story of the neither late nor great Troy Duffy would make the perfect film-school graduation gift."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Tony Montana and Mark Brian Smith's acidic, vitriolic takedown of Duffy boasts the abrasive intensity of a migraine headache and the depth and scope of a bona fide American tragedy."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"The "next Quentin Tarantino" crashes and burns"
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Enjoyable because you get to see a huge ego and shameless publicist get his comeuppence."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"[An] unflinching depiction of a would-be Tarantino turning himself into chopped liver."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"In their rush to give Duffy his comeuppance, the filmmakers barrel past their movie's real potential, which could have been a blistering exposť of Hollywood's bandwagon mentality."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Duffy's story is a potentially notable one, but this documentary's amateur production values and the man's grating personality make it not-so-enjoyable watching."
‑ Wendy Mitchell, Film4
"The two directors take so much abuse from Duffy throughout the film that you can't help but feel that Overnight is their long-overdue revenge."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"...plays out like an 82-minute attack on [Troy Duffy] by a couple of exceedingly bitter ex-colleagues."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A compulsive, cautionary tale about a man whose self-trumpeted 'deep cesspool of creativity' seems destined to remain undredged."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"While the film follows Duffy's business disasters and blusterings, it never really offers much depth on either its central subject or his posse."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"For Duffy, watching this film must be like seeing a scab peeled off"
‑ Shane Burridge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"A disturbing, sad and blisteringly funny cautionary tale, I reckon this is the documentary of the year."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"funny and mean"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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