The Pruitt-igoe Myth: An Urban History
The Pruitt-igoe Myth: An Urban History (2012)

Filmmaker Chad Freidrichs attempts to dispel the myths surrounding St. Louis' Pruitt-Igoe housing project by examining the rise and fall of the once-promising development within a historical context. Constructed in 1956, Pruitt-Igoe… More

Directed By:
Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Release Date: January 20, 2012
DVD Release Date: May 23, 2012
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

The personal stories told by former residents add a poignancy to the broad trends the film examines.

Full review…
Sara Stewart
New York Post

"The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" doesn't offer easy conclusions.

Full review…
Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

"The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" is surely one of the best and most moving documentaries in recent years.

Full review…
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Pruitt-Igoe was the first, and most famous, example of the failure of that sort of public housing.

Full review…
Mark Jenkins

In some ways, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth is more elegy than analysis.

Full review…
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Urban decay finds home in Pruitt-Igoe

Full review…
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

Using archival footage and interviews with former residents, Freidrichs adds human dimension and historical context to what is often viewed in simple terms as a misguided blip.

Full review…
Rachel Saltz
New York Times

This history is too recent to seem dry, and the film gets an added emotional punch from interviews with former tenants, whose memories mix fondness with anger and loss.

Full review…
Chris Faraone
Boston Phoenix

Myth convinces that St. Louis failed Pruitt-Igoe, and not the other way around.

Full review…

Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
History is often much more complex than originally presented. That is especially true with the heartbreaking documentary "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" about… More