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  • Summary: Kill the Poor is a rueful and darkly comic tale about the quest to achieve the American Dream, on the Urban frontier. (IFC Films)
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  1. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Result hovers a little uncertainly between dark comedy and urban drama, but remains compelling thanks to its gritty narrative texture, nervous energy and loose, jumpy structure, which fit well with the DV-shot production's no-frills approach.
  2. 67
    Taylor makes the most of his tiny budget with creative editing and shooting, though his New York City is anemic, narrow, and underpopulated, and his constant repetition of the same damn 60 seconds of music becomes excruciating.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    If you know there's so such place as Avenue E in the East Village, or if you've ever taken a bath in your kitchen, this one's for you.
  4. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    There's potential here for an incendiary riff on gentrification and its discontents, but the result is only lukewarm. While the ensemble is as pungent as its assorted clich├ęs will permit, the cruddy video photography and haphazard organization of plot blunt the wry thrust of the material.
  5. 50
    Sort of a poor man's "Rent" - minus the music and the AIDS - and much blander than the title would have you expect.
  6. 50
    Shot on a modest DV budget, Kill the Poor isn't pretty, but it's a balanced look at the dirty politics of gentrification.
  7. As an overwrought, overacted drama, Kill the Poor is negligible.
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