Gut Renovation
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Welcome to Williamsburg, New York's new bohemia. Or is it? In the late 1980s artists moved into this working class neighborhood, populated by small manufacturers, Polish butchers, and auto repair shops, just across the East River. SoHo took 30 years to change from an artists' bohemia to an art gallery hotspot, to an outdoor shopping mall; Williamsburg's demise has been much faster, due in part to a 2005 zoning law change. With a winning combination of wit, anger, and political savvy, filmmaker Su Friedrich, and co-writer Cathy Quinlan, record how the neighborhood has changed from… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

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"Rather than invoking sympathy or shared outrage, the filmmaker creates a kind of complicity with her audience, particularly as she explores the depressingly similar, sterile apartments of the high-rises steadily surrounding her."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Su Friedrich's cranky, sarcastic documentary polemic about the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood ..."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Rightfully angry, but too simplistic, annoying and tedious."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Due to the one-minded construction of the documentary, there's little to parse beyond impassioned harrumphs."
‑ Nick McCarthy, Slant Magazine
"The result is like an hour and a half listening to someone bellyache about her landlord."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"The navel-gazing artist class that gave Williamsburg its character (now more of a marketable "brand") has in Friedrich both a vigorous defender and, it must be said, something close to an angry parody of itself."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"An all out assault on NY real estate developers and their nonstop drive to turn one of the world's great cities into a Tower of Mammon."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"What's lacking is a larger cultural, historical, and aesthetic context."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Friedrich, so impassioned by her subject matter, couldn't get enough objectivity to make a film that's more than just a complaint."
‑ Diana Clarke, Village Voice
"Very DIY project covers the scary gentrification of a beloved New York neighborhood, but ends up being more a whine-fest than truly powerful."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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