• Released
  • March 6, 2013
  • (Limited NY)
  • 1 hr 21 min
  • Documentary
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
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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By Ronnie Scheib
The latest in a line of documentaries decrying the destruction of viable working-class businesses and residential neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Su Friedrich’s film bypasses sadness and indignation for flat-out anger and well-aimed sarcasm.
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
An alternate title for Gut Renovation, Su Friedrich’s cranky, sarcastic documentary polemic about the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood, might be “The Rape of Williamsburg.”
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The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
Friedrich’s snide tone gets in the way, turning a study of capitalism run amok into one artist who just can’t stand all these rich squares and their “fancy dogs.”
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New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
The result is like an hour and a half listening to someone bellyache about her landlord.
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Slant Magazine

Due to the one-minded construction of the documentary, there's little to parse beyond impassioned harrumphs.
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Village Voice

What a shame it is that 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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44 out of 100
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