The Poker House
The Poker House (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 20, 2008
DVD Release Date: August 18, 2009
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter

While the film has strong moments and performances, it illustrates the dangers of overly personal filmmaking.

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John Wheeler
L.A. Weekly

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.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...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.

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Peter Debruge

Overall, the pacing feels languid to the point of meandering, relying too heavily on old soul records (and a final eight-track sing-along) for momentum and energy.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
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two stars
Leigh Ryan
Watching the three girls is pure hell... but it gives you such a great feeling of hope. Of everything they have been through they are coping with their reality… More
Manu Gino
Lust, drugs and violence... no place for a kid. Good movie! Jennifer Lawrence gives a wonderful performance as the eldest daughter, Agnes who takes care of… More
CAST: Jennifer Laurence, Selma Blair, Bokeem Woodbine, Chloe Moretz, Sophia Bairley, David Allen Grier DIRECTED BY: Lori Petty SUMMARY: The film is a… More
Cynthia S.
This is one movie that had GREAT potential, but became a victim of the editing chopping block maybe? There was so much here that seemed to be left out, not well… More
Mark Abell
The Poker House is a powerful film based on the true story of writer-director Lori Petty and featured a terrific performance by Jennifer Lawrence as Agnes, the… More

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