Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Apr 26, 2012
    70
    A well-researched and iconoclastic documentary that is both thoughtful and troubling, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth is indeed a cautionary tale, but what it cautions against is the lure of easy judgments derived from prejudices and ignorance of the facts.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Feb 7, 2012
    80
    Detailing the birth, life and death of America's first major urban housing project in St. Louis, Chad Freidrichs' The Pruitt-Igoe Myth combines concise but thoroughgoing sociological-historical analysis and elegant cinematic resources in service of an uncommonly artful example of film journalism.
  3. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Feb 7, 2012
    70
    What gives the film its human dimension are the conflicting memories of former residents.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Feb 7, 2012
    80
    Armed with archival footage and wrenching interviews, filmmaker Chad Freidrichs revisits one of our nation's darkest hours - and emerges with a scrupulous, revelatory consideration of the varied factors that turned a worthy plan into a horrific, state-sanctioned nightmare for a generation of working-class African-Americans.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Apr 5, 2012
    50
    Under a different set of circumstances - in a different society - the development might have flourished. But The Pruitt-Igoe Myth is a documentary, not fantasy.
  6. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Feb 7, 2012
    80
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Feb 7, 2012
    75
    The film ends on a note of courage, and a call-to-action that we "remember," naturally, but we can't completely buy it: What Freidrichs has accomplished is a portrait of unknowability.
  8. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Feb 7, 2012
    75
    The Pruitt-Igoe Myth doesn't offer easy conclusions.

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