Star Trek Into Darkness
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
...their plight plays like the financial crisis in miniature. Or perhaps it's in macro.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
My problem with this riches to rags Americana story is that I felt no sympathy for the featured self-absorbed materialists.
| Original Score: B-
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.
| Original Score: B+
Both the quintessential documentary about the Great Recession, and quite possibly the most Schadenfreude-filled movie of all time.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
A documentary about a rich couple riding the waves of wealth and greed and then plunging downwards.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
| Original Score: B
Documentaries are rarely as hilarious as this one. Well, the first half of it at least
[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.
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.
| Original Score: 87/100
Extremely funny and revealing ...
[Siegel] is now suing Greenfield for "misrepresentation". Well, I know whose side I'm on.
She epitomises a Western culture struggling to wean itself off debt.
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.
Never has grotesque wealth looked so unenviable, or its removal been so entertaining, as in this garishly watchable riches-to-rags documentary ...
[Siegel] ultimately emerges as someone who belongs more in The Little House on the Prairie: ever cheerful, and triumphantly unimpeachable.
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.
Prepare to be shocked, disgusted and compelled.
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.