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Grey Gardens (1975)


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Albert and David Maysles, pioneers in the cinéma vérité movement of documentary filmmaking, chose for their subjects of this film a mother and daughter with celebrity connections. Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Edie (or, as they are called by the brothers, Big Edie and Little Edie), are aunt and cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In the early '70s, their 28-room mansion in Long Island's tony community of East Hampton was found to be a health hazard, and the two women, in their


Documentary, Special Interest


Aug 14, 2001

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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.

January 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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GREY GARDENS is an American classic.

December 12, 2013 Full Review Source:

There is something unseemly in the choice to document the Beales at all.

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

Depressing cinéma vérité film.

August 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (2)
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Tragicomic docu of aging eccentrics won't appeal to kids.

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

[VIDEO] "Grey Gardens" plays like an all too real version of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" It is a backdoor view into of New York's 20th century aristocracy.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

A newly struck print of the [Maysles] brothers' 1976 classic Grey Gardens proves that their work is still plenty provocative--and especially so in this era of shallow celebrity docs.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Nashville Scene
Nashville Scene

Borderline exploitative. But the stark power of the dual portrait can't be denied.

February 10, 2007 Full Review Source:

An editor's exercise: take footage shot 30 years ago for another film, and edit it into a new movie

January 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

No film - no Tennessee Williams adaptation, nothing by Guy Maddin or Lynch, no genre-exploding Japanese horror flick - has ever had a stranger pair of characters at its core.

July 28, 2004 Full Review Source:

The film's real fascination, however, does not come through some morbid freak show angle but in its study of this strangely symbiotic relationship.

January 2, 2004 Full Review Source:

At first blush, the film may seem like an invitation to mockery, but the more one uncovers of the vast history of the Beales at Grey Gardens, the more the film becomes a monument to the fiercely independent nature of these two staunch characters.

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

An endearing and impromptu sociological study

October 31, 2002
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There's an undeniable skill on The film feels pretty exploitative, even as the Beales insist that it's not exploiting them at all.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Grey Gardens

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.
August 2, 2009

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Fascinating. Good cautionary story against living with your mother in your old age!
May 17, 2014

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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?
December 22, 2013
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