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The Queen of Versailles Reviews

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Cath Clarke
Time Out
September 5, 2012
It's priceless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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+
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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
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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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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 3, 2012
More than a social morality tale, this is a character study, with the title well chosen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
August 2, 2012
"The Queen of Versailles" ought to be required viewing for anyone who blames the rich for yanking the rug out from under America's economy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 2, 2012
By the end, the movie has pulled off a small miracle: You become absorbed in the lives of these people for who they are and not what they own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 2, 2012
What I left with was not hatred. I disapprove of the values they represent, but I also find them fascinating and just slightly lovable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 26, 2012
"The Queen of Versailles" turns out to be a portrait -- appalling, absorbing and improbably affecting -- of how, even within a system seemingly designed to ensure that the rich get richer, sometimes the rich get poorer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
July 26, 2012
Through a clear lens unclouded by politics or blame, it offers insight into the hazardous American practice of living beyond our means.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 26, 2012
There's more going on here than classist derision, and the filmmaker uses her footage to try to sort out her feelings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 26, 2012
The Queen of Versailles combines the voyeuristic thrills of reality TV with the soul-revealing artistry of great portraiture and the head-shaking revelations of solid investigative reporting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 26, 2012
"The Queen of Versailles" is beautifully constructed and frequently uproarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
July 23, 2012
The paradox of wealth without refinement remains unexamined but emerges as a metaphor for the American Dream itself.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 20, 2012
Dig into your popcorn, and get ready for some snide schadenfreude.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 19, 2012
The Siegels make the Kardashians and Donald Trump look like tasteful pikers when it comes to egregiously conspicuous consumption, sheer hubris and utter refusal to take responsibility for their actions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 19, 2012
Director Lauren Greenfield finds the pathos in an ultra-wealthy couple who willingly mortgaged their own future.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 19, 2012
Director Lauren Greenfield's timing turned out to be extraordinarily fortuitous in its depiction of how the mighty also fall, in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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July 19, 2012
The Queen of Versailles is the lucky case of a documentary where life intervenes and deepens the film in completely unexpected ways.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
July 19, 2012
[An] excellent and unexpectedly nuanced documentary...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 19, 2012
Captures the tone of the times with a clear, surprisingly compassionate eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
July 19, 2012
I feel contempt for my contempt for these people. Whether that's my problem or the film's, I'm not entirely sure, but I'm leaning toward blaming Greenfield.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 18, 2012
These are not horrible people, just ones who flung themselves enthusiastically toward the American dream as so many do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
July 17, 2012
Every cutaway to their McDonald's takeout bags or fluffy white puppies (there must be a dozen of them) emphasizes a bedrock tackiness that will convert your audience into a snorting gang of Marxists-at least for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
July 17, 2012
The film hardly feels hastily pasted together: Greenfield filmed long enough to document physical changes in her subjects.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 11, 2012
It's like a champagne bath laced with arsenic.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 8, 2012
For Greenfield, the Siegels are a brilliant metaphor for everything farkakte about the U.S. economy and the culture that shaped it.
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 24, 2012
This timely and involving documentary elicits both sympathy and schadenfreude.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 20, 2012
Like a Theodore Dreiser novel for our time, infused with the vivid, vulgar spirit of reality TV. It often had the sold-out Eccles Center howling, but also has elements of profound tragedy and allegory.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 20, 2012
The ironies pile up. But there is some pathos here too.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
January 20, 2012
The Queen of Versailles will prompt loathing not only among the so-called 99 Percent, but among those in the top 1 percent who would like someone more sane to represent them on camera.