The Pruitt-igoe Myth: An Urban History - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Pruitt-igoe Myth: An Urban History Reviews

Top Critic
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2012
The personal stories told by former residents add a poignancy to the broad trends the film examines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
April 5, 2012
Pruitt-Igoe was the first, and most famous, example of the failure of that sort of public housing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
March 9, 2012
Using archival footage and interviews with former residents, Freidrichs adds human dimension and historical context to what is often viewed in simple terms as a misguided blip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Robert Koehler
Variety
February 23, 2012
Top Critic
Sara Stewart
New York Post
January 20, 2012
"The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" doesn't offer easy conclusions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
January 20, 2012
In some ways, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth is more elegy than analysis.
Top Critic
Rachel Saltz
New York Times
January 19, 2012
This history is too recent to seem dry, and the film gets an added emotional punch from interviews with former tenants, whose memories mix fondness with anger and loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
January 17, 2012
Given the ongoing shredding of the social safety net in America, the film's greatest service might be to remind us that programs and services for the poor have always had hostile enemies.
Top Critic
Eric Hynes
Time Out
January 17, 2012
It's a heartbreaking alarm call for a society that desperately needs to learn from its worst mistakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Michael Sragow
New Yorker
January 16, 2012
An engulfing real-life horror story as well as a testimony to the dominance of the image in American public discourse.