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Kill the Poor

Kill the Poor (2003)

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20

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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The down-and-dirty side of building management in pre-gentrification Manhattan sets the stage for this dark comedy. It's 1981, and Joe Peltz (David Krumholtz) runs a newsstand in New York City, where he has recently married Annabelle (Clara Bellar), an exotic dancer from France who isn't in love with Joe but asked for his hand so she could get a Green Card. When Annabelle discovers she's pregnant, the couple decides they need a larger apartment, and Joe finds a flat in the East Village that's on

Unrated,

Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Daniel Handler

Sep 12, 2006

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Can utopian ideals survive such a mugging by reality?

January 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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KILL the Poor is sort of a poor man's Rent - - minus the music and the AIDS - - and much blander than the title would have you expect.

January 6, 2006
New York Post
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This lukewarm riff on gentrification and its discontents resurrects the low life and tough times of Alphabet City in the early 1980's.

January 5, 2006
New York Times
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A movie with more character than narrative, it's a showcase for the actors, but the storyline could have used some urban renewal.

January 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Shot on a modest DV budget, Kill the Poor isn't pretty, but it's a balanced look at the dirty politics of gentrification.

January 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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In spite of its oddities, [Kill the Poor] pulls off a memorable story.

November 27, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Nowhere near as provocative as its title might imply.

January 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Alan Taylor's film will resonate with any New Yorker who's played real-estate roulette in Fun City.

January 6, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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