Public Housing

1997, Documentary, 3h 16m

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Movie Info

Documentarian Frederick Wiseman turns his cameras on a housing project that is home to some of the poorest residents living in Chicago's South Side. The film is composed of a series of vignettes that illustrates the daily lives of lower class Chicagoans as they interact with local police officers, social workers and other outsiders. Events range from felony arrests, substance abuse and drug deals to commonplace domestic scenes of tenants and their families.

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Critic Reviews for Public Housing

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (4)

  • ... soberly revealing new work.

    December 6, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Wiseman presents a wide array of materials, and because you have to reflect on the film to realize how the various pieces of its design hang together, you're liable to be thinking about it months afterward.

    December 2, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Issues that are all too familiar -- drugs, crime, teen-age pregnancy, the frustrations caused by government red tape -- take on a new immediacy thanks to the extraordinary intimacy of Mr. Wiseman's working methods.

    December 2, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
  • About three hours long, the film takes the time it needs to demonstrate the complexities and frustrations between the residents and the governmental agencies supposedly set up to help them.

    March 5, 2004 | Full Review…
  • ... soberly revealing new work.

    December 6, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Wiseman presents a wide array of materials, and because you have to reflect on the film to realize how the various pieces of its design hang together, you're liable to be thinking about it months afterward.

    December 2, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Issues that are all too familiar -- drugs, crime, teen-age pregnancy, the frustrations caused by government red tape -- take on a new immediacy thanks to the extraordinary intimacy of Mr. Wiseman's working methods.

    December 2, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
  • About three hours long, the film takes the time it needs to demonstrate the complexities and frustrations between the residents and the governmental agencies supposedly set up to help them.

    March 5, 2004 | Full Review…

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