Kill the Poor
Kill the Poor (2006)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 12, 2006
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

In spite of its oddities, [Kill the Poor] pulls off a memorable story.

Nathan Lee
New York Times

This lukewarm riff on gentrification and its discontents resurrects the low life and tough times of Alphabet City in the early 1980's.

Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Nowhere near as provocative as its title might imply.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Can utopian ideals survive such a mugging by reality?

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John Anderson

A movie with more character than narrative, it's a showcase for the actors, but the storyline could have used some urban renewal.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

Alan Taylor's film will resonate with any New Yorker who's played real-estate roulette in Fun City.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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.

Benjamin Strong
Village Voice

Shot on a modest DV budget, Kill the Poor isn't pretty, but it's a balanced look at the dirty politics of gentrification.

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