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The down-and-dirty side of building management in pre-gentrification Manhattan sets the stage for this dark comedy. It's 1981, and Joe Peltz (David Krumholtz) runs a newsstand in New York City, where he has recently married Annabelle (Clara Bellar), an exotic dancer from France who isn't in love with Joe but asked for his hand so she could get a Green Card. When Annabelle discovers she's pregnant, the couple decides they need a larger apartment, and Joe finds a flat in the East Village that's on the same block where his great-great-grandparents lived when they first came to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In spite of its oddities, [Kill the Poor] pulls off a memorable story."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"This lukewarm riff on gentrification and its discontents resurrects the low life and tough times of Alphabet City in the early 1980's."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"Nowhere near as provocative as its title might imply."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Can utopian ideals survive such a mugging by reality?"
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"A movie with more character than narrative, it's a showcase for the actors, but the storyline could have used some urban renewal."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Alan Taylor's film will resonate with any New Yorker who's played real-estate roulette in Fun City."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"KILL the Poor is sort of a poor man's Rent - - minus the music and the AIDS - - and much blander than the title would have you expect."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Shot on a modest DV budget, Kill the Poor isn't pretty, but it's a balanced look at the dirty politics of gentrification."
‑ Benjamin Strong, Village Voice
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