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The Queen of Versailles Reviews

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David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
September 6, 2012
The temptation to be moralistic must have been overpowering, yet Greenfield finally manages to summon sympathy for people who at first seem vain, selfish and greedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andy Tweddle
Little White Lies
September 6, 2012
Prepare to be shocked, disgusted and compelled.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Francesca Steele
Sky Movies
September 5, 2012
In the end, these are human beings, not emblems - and it is this that makes this documentary one of the most watchable, for rich and poor alike.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
September 5, 2012
It's priceless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Wilding
Empire Magazine
September 3, 2012
A bizarre and mesmerising journey to the heart of Cloud Cuckoo Land.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 31, 2012
It is a comedy that aspires to tragedy, and a metaphor for a nation collapsing beneath the incompatible, intolerable pressures of excess and inequity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 30, 2012
For all their garishness, the Siegels are pretty likable, even if attempts to make you sympathetic to their "plight" fall short.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
August 26, 2012
It scores a lot of laughs at the Siegel's bad taste and odd ways of adapting to their newfound misfortune. Thankfully, Greenfield also makes the Siegels sympathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 24, 2012
If you get some kind of sick kick watching the mighty take a fall, The Queen of Versailles will be nothing short of a schadenfreudic ball.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 23, 2012
Seriously, if this was the American Dream, couldn't we have come up with something better?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 22, 2012
It contains some useful information, I suppose, but I did not like these people, I hope never to meet them, and I wonder if the world wouldn't be a better place without them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 21, 2012
Watching Jackie fill cart after Walmart cart with crap the family doesn't need is to witness the new millennium's version of Marie Antoinette.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
August 18, 2012
Can we feel sorry for super-filthy-rich rich people? Maybe not. But we can be fascinated by their insane spending. Lauren Greenfield gains uber-access to the excess.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
August 17, 2012
Although director Lauren Greenfield documents several instances in which it's apparent that the Siegels' lifestyle is so alien from the vast majority that they might as well call Mars home, she hasn't set out to eat the rich.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sarah Boslaugh
August 16, 2012
Greenfield and her crew achieved extraordinary access to the Siegel's lives, and one of the film's pleasures is simply getting to visit a world that few of us will ever know.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 16, 2012
Although it's a guilty pleasure, "The Queen of Versailles" is artful enough that both the prosecution and the defense could invoke it when the peasants cry "Off with their heads!"
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Paul Gallagher
The List
August 16, 2012
At times the film feels aimless and inconclusive, but Greenfield's open-minded and observational approach yields compelling details from every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
August 15, 2012
Taken at face value, The Queen of Versailles reveals nothing about the rich that isn't plainly evident on the E! Network. But its most surprising quality is also Jackie's: endurance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 9, 2012
This rags-to-riches-to-almost-rags-again queen has an endearing knack for looking on the bright side. You find yourself, by the end, wishing her well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 9, 2012
"The Queen of Versailles" is funny, sad, infuriating, instructive. It's the American Dream inflated to ridiculous extremes, until it bursts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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