Knock Down the House

2019

Knock Down the House

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A galvanizing glimpse behind the scenes of a pivotal election, Knock Down the House should prove engrossing for viewers of all political persuasions.

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When tragedy struck her family in the midst of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts in a restaurant to save her home from foreclosure. After losing a loved one to a preventable medical condition, Amy Vilela didn't know what to do with the anger she felt about America's broken health care system. Cori Bush was drawn into the streets when the police shooting of an unarmed black man brought protests and tanks into her neighborhood. Paula Jean Swearengin was fed up with watching her friends and family suffer and die from the environmental effects of the coal industry. At a moment of historic volatility in American politics, these four women decide to fight back, setting themselves on a journey that will change their lives and their country forever. Without political experience or corporate money, they build a movement of insurgent candidates challenging powerful incumbents in Congress. Their efforts result in a legendary upset.

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  • They're Democrats, but the movie should be inspiring to anyone who wishes to see firsthand the immeasurable value of good retail politics and hard work.

    December 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Regardless of one's partisan leanings, it's hard to resist the dramatic momentum of these intertwined narratives.

    December 10, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Everyone likes an underdog story, and when the underdog is as eloquent, passionate and righteous as these four women are, the final reels of this film feel like a Rocky movie.

    December 10, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • In the end, Lears finds the hope that she is looking for. It's hard to resist a candidate who is so fresh, so new, so perfectly now.

    May 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • As the primary results pour in, Knock Down the House becomes the electoral equivalent of the Death Star raid in Star Wars.

    May 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Oliver Jones

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  • Even though we know the outcome...the campaign progress remains enthralling. Mostly because it's a fascinating snapshot of modern politics in flux...and a hopeful, ultimately moving account of idealism in action.

    May 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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