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  • Summary: Gut Renovation charts the destruction of Williamsburg after the city passed a re-zoning plan in 2005 which allowed developers to build luxury condos where there were once thriving industries, working-class families, and artists.
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Mar 5, 2013
    60
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 6, 2013
    60
    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.”
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Mar 13, 2013
    60
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Mar 6, 2013
    42
    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.”
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Mar 7, 2013
    38
    The result is like an hour and a half listening to someone bellyache about her landlord.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Mar 3, 2013
    38
    Due to the one-minded construction of the documentary, there's little to parse beyond impassioned harrumphs.
  7. Reviewed by: Diana Clarke
    Mar 5, 2013
    30
    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.