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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

When tragedy struck her family in the midst of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts in a restaurant to save her home from foreclosure. After losing a loved one to a preventable medical condition, Amy Vilela didn't know what to do with the anger she felt about America's broken health care system. Cori Bush was drawn into the streets when the police shooting of an unarmed black man brought protests and tanks into her neighborhood. Paula Jean Swearengin was fed up with watching her friends and family suffer and die from the environmental effects of the coal industry.

Cast

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  • Cori Bush
  • Joe Crowley
  • Paula Jean Swearengin
  • Amy Vilela
  • Isra Allison
  • Zoltan Boka
  • Ruschell Boone
  • Saikat Chakrabarti
  • Sagar Deshpande

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Of the four candidates featured in the film, only Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went on to win her general election race.
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Metacritic

75
May 2, 2019

Lears’s lens captures not just the candidates, but the volunteers—scrappy, seasoned canvassers and callers, smoking cigarettes in Nevada or crowding on porches in West Virginia. This is the process.

Sonia Saraiya
Vanity Fair
80
May 1, 2019

Not unlike the candidates it portrays, Knock Down The House puts in the necessary work towards a payoff that earns both cheers and tears.

Metacritic review by Tomris Laffly
Tomris Laffly
TheWrap
90
Feb 1, 2019

Any way you slice it, and even if you're not entirely in agreement with the various subjects' positions on Medicare for all or the Green New Deal, this film is a winner by a landslide.

Metacritic review by Leslie Felperin
Leslie Felperin
The Hollywood Reporter