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The Queen of Versailles Reviews

Cath Clarke
Time Out
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It's priceless.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

September 5, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Seriously, if this was the American Dream, couldn't we have come up with something better?

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

August 23, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 16, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 9, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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"The Queen of Versailles" is funny, sad, infuriating, instructive. It's the American Dream inflated to ridiculous extremes, until it bursts.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

August 9, 2012
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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More than a social morality tale, this is a character study, with the title well chosen.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 3, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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"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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 2, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 2, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 2, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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"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 Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 4/4

July 26, 2012
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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Through a clear lens unclouded by politics or blame, it offers insight into the hazardous American practice of living beyond our means.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

July 26, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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There's more going on here than classist derision, and the filmmaker uses her footage to try to sort out her feelings.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 26, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 26, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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"The Queen of Versailles" is beautifully constructed and frequently uproarious.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 26, 2012
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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The paradox of wealth without refinement remains unexamined but emerges as a metaphor for the American Dream itself.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

July 23, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Dig into your popcorn, and get ready for some snide schadenfreude.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

July 20, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 19, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Director Lauren Greenfield finds the pathos in an ultra-wealthy couple who willingly mortgaged their own future.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

July 19, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

July 19, 2012
Scott Tobias
NPR
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The Queen of Versailles is the lucky case of a documentary where life intervenes and deepens the film in completely unexpected ways.

Full Review Source: NPR

July 19, 2012
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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[An] excellent and unexpectedly nuanced documentary...

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 19, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Captures the tone of the times with a clear, surprisingly compassionate eye.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 19, 2012
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

July 19, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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These are not horrible people, just ones who flung themselves enthusiastically toward the American dream as so many do.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 18, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

July 17, 2012
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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The film hardly feels hastily pasted together: Greenfield filmed long enough to document physical changes in her subjects.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 17, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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It's like a champagne bath laced with arsenic.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

July 11, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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For Greenfield, the Siegels are a brilliant metaphor for everything farkakte about the U.S. economy and the culture that shaped it.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

July 8, 2012
Justin Chang
Variety
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This timely and involving documentary elicits both sympathy and schadenfreude.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 24, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 20, 2012
Noel Murray
AV Club
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The ironies pile up. But there is some pathos here too.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A-

January 20, 2012
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 20, 2012
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