Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Jan 21, 2014
    At once an investigation, a polemic and, in its final sequences, a tribute to human endurance. A remarkable film.
  2. 100
    Black and white has never looked more stark.
  3. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Jun 28, 2011
    The documentary enables its viewers to confront poverty on a human level by presenting its subjects, for the most part, like anyone else, living lives, despite their socioeconomic difference, relatable to our own.
  4. 88
    Portrait of men and a few women who stubbornly try to maintain some dignity in the face of personal disaster.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 20, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I caught this on tv this week and thought it was really good, on the whole. There were a couple of characters that I wanted to slap (the guy with the portable tv and tommy who needed to get some ambition). It felt a little like Extreme Makeover Subway Edition and I wonder how they are getting on paying bills in their apartments after they were torn from Thursday homes!!! Full Review »