‘Gut Renovation’ charts the destruction of Williamsburg – a neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY – 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. The filmmaker lived in the neighborhood for 20 years and was one of the many who were forced out by the changes that occurred.
- 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.” ...read more
- Slant Magazine - by Nick McCarthy
Due to the one-minded construction of the documentary, there's little to parse beyond impassioned harrumphs. ...read more
- Village Voice - by Diana Clarke
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. ...read more