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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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Critic Reviews for Rich Hill

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (22)

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

Full Review… | September 4, 2014
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
Globe and Mail
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One moment, you're wincing; the next, you're shaking your head in sympathy.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
San Diego Reader
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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.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
Toronto Star
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"Rich Hill" doesn't just make you feel like you know these boys; it makes you care about them.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Rich Hill


a heart--wrenching and captivating look into the lives of several families and their struggles to deal with poverty, mental illness and social stigma that exposes the dark underbelly of the American capitalist machine.

Nick Deschain
Nick Deschain

I feel for the kids in the movie because they have no role models. The parents in this are despicable. Poor does not dictate filth, laziness does. I grew up poor (food stamps, free school lunches, etc.) but we did not live in filth.

Don Thompson
Don Thompson

This polished documentary is little more than cultural tourism. Read my review at

Emily W
Emily W

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