Gut Renovation Reviews

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Diana Clarke
Village Voice
March 5, 2013
Friedrich, so impassioned by her subject matter, couldn't get enough objectivity to make a film that's more than just a complaint.
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
March 3, 2013
Due to the one-minded construction of the documentary, there's little to parse beyond impassioned harrumphs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
March 8, 2013
The result is like an hour and a half listening to someone bellyache about her landlord.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 8, 2013
Rightfully angry, but too simplistic, annoying and tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 5, 2013
The navel-gazing artist class that gave Williamsburg its character (now more of a marketable "brand") has in Friedrich both a vigorous defender and, it must be said, something close to an angry parody of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 7, 2013
Very DIY project covers the scary gentrification of a beloved New York neighborhood, but ends up being more a whine-fest than truly powerful.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 7, 2013
What's lacking is a larger cultural, historical, and aesthetic context.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 5, 2013
Su Friedrich's cranky, sarcastic documentary polemic about the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
March 14, 2013
Rather than invoking sympathy or shared outrage, the filmmaker creates a kind of complicity with her audience, particularly as she explores the depressingly similar, sterile apartments of the high-rises steadily surrounding her.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 7, 2013
An all out assault on NY real estate developers and their nonstop drive to turn one of the world's great cities into a Tower of Mammon.

Screen International
May 23, 2013
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