Grey Gardens (1975)

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The unbelievable but true story of Mrs. Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Mother and daughter live in a world of their own behind the towering privets that surround their decaying 28-room East Hampton mansion known as "Grey Gardens," a place so far gone that the local authorities once threatened to evict them for violating building and sanitation codes. Mrs. Beale, a.k.a. "Big Edie," was born an aristocrat, sister of "Black Jack" … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: , , , ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 14, 2001
Box Office: $31.0k
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Grey Gardens

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (12)

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Full Review… | April 30, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The beauty of this film is the dignity it imparts to the Beales, trapped in their pasts. They failed to launch, yet paradoxically, they continue to fly so high.

Full Review… | March 4, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

Richly detailed and boundlessly evocative, even at its most claustrophobic.

Full Review… | March 3, 2015
Village Voice
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Rarely have high spirits and theatrical energy seemed like such a tragic waste; an era and its myths seem to be dying on-screen in real time.

Full Review… | March 2, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

Grey Gardens became a cult film in the '70s, when mavericks and outsiders were the heroes and heroines and the Beales were valued for their alternative world and their priceless eccentricity.

Full Review… | January 4, 2007
Chicago Tribune
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April 17, 2009
Rolling Stone
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Audience Reviews for Grey Gardens

½

One of the best portrayals of a relationship committed to film that I've ever seen. A strong testament to both the liberating power and the imprisoning isolation of divorcing oneself from present reality. Staunch characters indeed.

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Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

Fascinating. Good cautionary story against living with your mother in your old age!

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Nicki Marie

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½

Edith Beale and her daughter "little Edie," relatives of Jackie Kennedy, live in a decaying mansion in the Hamptons littered with garbage; now in her 50s, the delusional little Edie takes care of her shrewish mother while dreaming of getting married and becoming a professional dancer. Who knew "No Exit" was a documentary?

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Greg S

Super Reviewer

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