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The Pruitt-igoe Myth: An Urban History Reviews

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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Pruitt-Igoe was the first, and most famous, example of the failure of that sort of public housing.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

April 5, 2012
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

St. Louis housing project is immortalized as a symbol of failure

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

February 3, 2012
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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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 Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 9, 2012
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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It's a heartbreaking alarm call for a society that desperately needs to learn from its worst mistakes.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

January 17, 2012
Nora Lee Mandel

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 Source: | Original Score: 8/10

January 21, 2012
Chris Faraone
Boston Phoenix

Myth convinces that St. Louis failed Pruitt-Igoe, and not the other way around.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 3, 2012
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Captivating, engrossing and enraging.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 8.15/10

February 12, 2012
Chris Barsanti

...moving and revelatory.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

July 8, 2011
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

January 18, 2012
Kam Williams

A thought-provoking, cinematic picking of the bones of the scattered exoskeleton of a once-promising 'poor man's penthouse.'

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

January 30, 2012
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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"The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" doesn't offer easy conclusions.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 20, 2012
Rachel Saltz
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 19, 2012
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The drugs, fear and violence cannot be shown but are palpable in the speakers' memories.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

January 23, 2012
Michael Sragow
New Yorker
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An engulfing real-life horror story as well as a testimony to the dominance of the image in American public discourse.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

January 16, 2012
Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 17, 2012
David Noh
Film Journal International

Deeply impressive and disturbing exposť of what went terribly wrong with one hopeful post-War American housing experience.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 19, 2012
Mark Jenkins
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In some ways, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth is more elegy than analysis.

Full Review Source: NPR

January 20, 2012
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Urban decay finds home in Pruitt-Igoe

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: B

April 6, 2012
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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The personal stories told by former residents add a poignancy to the broad trends the film examines.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 26, 2012
Robert Koehler
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February 23, 2012
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