The Poker House Reviews

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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
November 17, 2014
While the film has strong moments and performances, it illustrates the dangers of overly personal filmmaking.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
November 17, 2014
Overall, the pacing feels languid to the point of meandering, relying too heavily on old soul records (and a final eight-track sing-along) for momentum and energy.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 2, 2011
The movie seemed to point a finger at its own audience and scold it for its ignorance of this problem and apparent unwillingness to help.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
December 12, 2009
One of those autobiographical films... like Running With Scissors... that shows how children can survive and even prosper emotionally, spiritually (eventually) despite a ghastly childhood
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 19, 2009
...the acting is so good and the girls' struggle to rise above their oppression is so affecting, it's hard to knock the film's intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 20, 2009
Regardless of whether the film is all fiction or all true or a mix, it has a ring of truth about it strong enough to sustain a defy-all-odds finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Wheeler
L.A. Weekly
July 16, 2009
The Poker House is one of the most personal, wounded films in years. That it is also one of the most confused reflects how deeply it springs from the psyche of its director.
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