The Queen of Versailles Reviews

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Dan Jardine
Cinemania
January 12, 2014

A pretty effective warning shot across the bow of the one percenters.

Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013

Humanizes the upper one percent in a 100-percent entertaining way.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
January 22, 2013

Strangely entertaining and revealing documentary about a culture obsessed with money and people aspiring to a life they can't afford. Greed is good once again if you can borrow enough money to consume all you desire. Mind the debt gap.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
December 15, 2012

...their plight plays like the financial crisis in miniature. Or perhaps it's in macro.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 30, 2012

My problem with this riches to rags Americana story is that I felt no sympathy for the featured self-absorbed materialists.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 20, 2012

If you've ever wondered how that one percent of the richest lives, this film will show you how one family lives (they are probably back in the 99 percent now), and it ain't pretty.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell
November 20, 2012

Both the quintessential documentary about the Great Recession, and quite possibly the most Schadenfreude-filled movie of all time.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 13, 2012

A documentary about a rich couple riding the waves of wealth and greed and then plunging downwards.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 6, 2012

A powerhouse documentary, the film shifts from simply being a fly-on-the-wall look at material decadence and moral decay into a study of a family trying to hold itself together during a trying period.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
October 3, 2012

a repetitive exercise in schadenfreude, and the Siegels don't do much to alter that... The Queen of Versailles leaves viewers with one feeling about the Siegels: Let them eat stale cake.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
September 12, 2012

Documentaries are rarely as hilarious as this one. Well, the first half of it at least

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 10, 2012

[E]nds up an ever less slightly ungenerous look at the .01 percent than it might have been... But this is still a brutal film from many angles.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 10, 2012

One of the great unsayable truths about the American dream is that it is a bit of a Ponzi scheme ... our system admits a glimmer of hope that anyone, no matter how lowborn, can rise to the top.

Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Philip French
Observer [UK]
September 9, 2012

Extremely funny and revealing ...

Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
September 7, 2012

[Siegel] is now suing Greenfield for "misrepresentation". Well, I know whose side I'm on.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Grant Rollings
Sun Online
September 6, 2012

She epitomises a Western culture struggling to wean itself off debt.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
September 6, 2012

Greenfield's film is bathed in Florida sunshine, adding to the sensation that we're watching Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with a Marxist punchline.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Rose
Guardian
September 6, 2012

Never has grotesque wealth looked so unenviable, or its removal been so entertaining, as in this garishly watchable riches-to-rags documentary ...

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
September 6, 2012

[Siegel] ultimately emerges as someone who belongs more in The Little House on the Prairie: ever cheerful, and triumphantly unimpeachable.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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