Rich Hill (2014)


Critic Consensus: As compassionate as it is infuriating, Rich Hill offers a sobering glimpse of American poverty.


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Rich Hill, MO could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America's heartland, but to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it's home. As they ride their skateboards and go to football practice, they are like millions of other boys coming of age the world over. But faced with difficult circumstances - isolation, instability, and parental unemployment - adolescence can be a daily struggle just to survive. With no road map and all evidence to the contrary, they cling to the hope that even they can live the American dream. Winner of the 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, RICH HILL is an irresistibly moving and inspirational portrait of the challenges, hopes and dreams of rural America's youth. (C) The Orchard

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (22)

In this life, people limit their dreams to what you can find at the dollar store.

Sep 4, 2014 | Full Review…

The confluence of poverty, dysfunctional parenting and poor educational prospects makes the oft-idealized small-town life look like an incubator for failure, no matter how high and spectacular the Fourth of July fireworks fly.

Aug 22, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

One moment, you're wincing; the next, you're shaking your head in sympathy.

Aug 21, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The spare, haunting score and intimate use of the camera brings us directly into the desperate lives of a country's poorest people, struggling to find even occasional pride and sense of belonging.

Aug 21, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"Rich Hill" doesn't just make you feel like you know these boys; it makes you care about them.

Aug 21, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

What makes this elegy worth watching is the unfettered access to Andrew, Appachey and Harley, teenagers who are dealing with a hardscrabble existence in which role models are nowhere in sight.

Aug 21, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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