The Pruitt-igoe Myth: An Urban History Reviews

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Top Critic
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2012
The personal stories told by former residents add a poignancy to the broad trends the film examines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
April 6, 2012
Urban decay finds home in Pruitt-Igoe
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Faraone
Boston Phoenix
April 3, 2012
Myth convinces that St. Louis failed Pruitt-Igoe, and not the other way around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
March 9, 2012
Using archival footage and interviews with former residents, Freidrichs adds human dimension and historical context to what is often viewed in simple terms as a misguided blip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
February 12, 2012
Captivating, engrossing and enraging.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.15/10
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
January 30, 2012
A thought-provoking, cinematic picking of the bones of the scattered exoskeleton of a once-promising 'poor man's penthouse.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 23, 2012
The drugs, fear and violence cannot be shown but are palpable in the speakers' memories.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
January 21, 2012
I quibble about facts emphasized or omitted, [but] the memorable images, valuable personal testimonies and... huge empty lot should help frame a discussion [on] urban policy.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
January 20, 2012
"The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" doesn't offer easy conclusions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
January 20, 2012
In some ways, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth is more elegy than analysis.
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
January 19, 2012
This history is too recent to seem dry, and the film gets an added emotional punch from interviews with former tenants, whose memories mix fondness with anger and loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
January 19, 2012
Deeply impressive and disturbing exposť of what went terribly wrong with one hopeful post-War American housing experience.
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
January 18, 2012
The film ends on a note of courage, and a call-to-action that we "remember," naturally, but we can't completely buy it: What Freidrichs has accomplished is a portrait of unknowability.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
January 17, 2012
Given the ongoing shredding of the social safety net in America, the film's greatest service might be to remind us that programs and services for the poor have always had hostile enemies.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
January 17, 2012
It's a heartbreaking alarm call for a society that desperately needs to learn from its worst mistakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
January 16, 2012
An engulfing real-life horror story as well as a testimony to the dominance of the image in American public discourse.
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
July 8, 2011
...moving and revelatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
April 5, 2012
Pruitt-Igoe was the first, and most famous, example of the failure of that sort of public housing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
February 3, 2012
St. Louis housing project is immortalized as a symbol of failure
Top Critic
Robert Koehler
Variety
February 23, 2012
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