Knock Down the House Reviews

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December 10, 2019
It's impossible not to find yourself cheering and feeling a lump in your throat at this David versus Goliath story. But also find your heart breaking with the tears of loss of those other candidates who were less fortunate.
December 10, 2019
They're Democrats, but the movie should be inspiring to anyone who wishes to see firsthand the immeasurable value of good retail politics and hard work.
December 10, 2019
Regardless of one's partisan leanings, it's hard to resist the dramatic momentum of these intertwined narratives.
December 10, 2019
It's incredible how [Rachel] Lears captured AOC's improbable ascent, and for that reason alone people will get a kick out of this film.
December 10, 2019
[Rachel] Lears mixes [Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortez's rise with the campaigns of three other Brand New Congress candidates around the country. And they're sometimes more compelling than the future congresswoman.
December 10, 2019
If anything, filmmakers could have spent more time with these organizations... Instead, one gets the sense [Rachel] Lears, like the viewer, was swept up into capturing Ocasio-Cortez' near mythic rise.
December 10, 2019
If the storytelling is a bit uneven, the story itself more than makes for it.
December 10, 2019
I cheered. You will, too.
December 10, 2019
Although Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the "star" of Knock Down the House, the movie is at its best when it shows the hard work of community organizing.
December 10, 2019
It's a friendly record of an extraordinary moment.
December 10, 2019
Everyone likes an underdog story, and when the underdog is as eloquent, passionate and righteous as these four women are, the final reels of this film feel like a Rocky movie.
December 10, 2019
I found myself in awe of the courage these candidates had to put their name out there, and [Rachel] Lears is right there with them as they pound the pavement, knock on doors, and fight for the causes that got them off their butts in the first place.
November 22, 2019
The inspiring documentary Knock Down the House shows the rise of AOC and three other progressive women who emerged after the 2016 elections.
October 17, 2019
The sort of inspiring, invigorating film that will remind those in the existential funk created by all things Trump-related that there is hope.
October 10, 2019
[It proves] a bit superficial [since it's] less about what standing up entails than the circumstances that got them to stand in the first place. [But it's] interesting enough.
September 27, 2019
It's a really good doc... I think this would be a really fantastic double feature with "The Brink."
July 12, 2019
Knock Down the House aims for the easier work of honouring the process, the step forward, and if that is not always rewarding, sometimes it is enough.
July 9, 2019
When it comes to political insurgents, Knock Down The House filmmaker Rachel Lears hit the jackpot when she chose to focus on an outsider seeking the Democratic candidacy for New York's 14th congressional district.
July 3, 2019
Even if your views don't align with the women in the film, there is something to be admired in all of them. The film will make you consider if you could take on your district's most popular politician.
July 3, 2019
An inspiring portrait of how to fight back against an unfair political system [...]
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