Gut Renovation
Gut Renovation (2013)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 6, 2013
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Ronnie Scheib

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.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Su Friedrich's cranky, sarcastic documentary polemic about the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood ...

Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Rightfully angry, but too simplistic, annoying and tedious.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

The result is like an hour and a half listening to someone bellyache about her landlord.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

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.

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Louis Proyect

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.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

What's lacking is a larger cultural, historical, and aesthetic context.

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Diana Clarke
Village Voice

Friedrich, so impassioned by her subject matter, couldn't get enough objectivity to make a film that's more than just a complaint.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Very DIY project covers the scary gentrification of a beloved New York neighborhood, but ends up being more a whine-fest than truly powerful.

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