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The Poker House

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The film follows Agnes and her two sisters as they struggle through a day in a home where her mother is strung out on drugs, her home has been overrun by degenerates, and her only father figure is a pimp.
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Los Angeles Times
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July 20, 2009

Regardless of whether the film is all fiction or all true or a mix, it has a ring of truth about it strong enough to sustain a defy-all-odds finish.
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L.A. Weekly
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July 16, 2009

The Poker House is one of the most personal, wounded films in years. That it is also one of the most confused reflects how deeply it springs from the psyche of its director.
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Movie Metropolis
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August 19, 2009

...the acting is so good and the girls' struggle to rise above their oppression is so affecting, it's hard to knock the film's intentions.
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Hollywood Reporter
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November 17, 2014

While the film has strong moments and performances, it illustrates the dangers of overly personal filmmaking.
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7M Pictures
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March 02, 2011

The movie seemed to point a finger at its own audience and scold it for its ignorance of this problem and apparent unwillingness to help.
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Variety
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November 17, 2014

Overall, the pacing feels languid to the point of meandering, relying too heavily on old soul records (and a final eight-track sing-along) for momentum and energy.
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Urban Cinefile
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December 12, 2009

One of those autobiographical films... like Running With Scissors... that shows how children can survive and even prosper emotionally, spiritually (eventually) despite a ghastly childhood
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