The Poker House
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Actress-turned-director Lori Petty makes her feature directorial debut with this period drama set in 1976 that explores a typical day in the life of a decidedly atypical teen named Agnes. Some folks have the luxury of living each day to the fullest, but for Agnes every day is a grueling struggle for survival; her mother is strung out on drugs, her home has been overrun by degenerates, and her only father figure is a pimp. For Agnes and her two younger sisters, this particular day will be marked by both tragedy and triumph, but which will resonate most in the days and weeks to follow? Selma… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"Regardless of whether the film is all fiction or all true or a mix, it has a ring of truth about it strong enough to sustain a defy-all-odds finish."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"One of those autobiographical films... like Running With Scissors... that shows how children can survive and even prosper emotionally, spiritually (eventually) despite a ghastly childhood"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"The Poker House is one of the most personal, wounded films in years. That it is also one of the most confused reflects how deeply it springs from the psyche of its director."
‑ John Wheeler, L.A. Weekly
"...the acting is so good and the girls' struggle to rise above their oppression is so affecting, it's hard to knock the film's intentions."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The movie seemed to point a finger at its own audience and scold it for its ignorance of this problem and apparent unwillingness to help."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
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