Grey Gardens Reviews

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March 28, 2020
The new film stumbles the most when it recreates moments from the documentary, because even two great actresses just can't compete with people who were not acting, but were instead showing us a part of their incredibly complex selves.
July 25, 2018
Ms. Lange and Ms. Barrymore easily play eccentric beauties, but they are even better in the more complicated roles of crazy cat ladies.
July 25, 2018
The Edies were two women with a half-ounce of talent and a full measure of stubbornness, and they're played beautifully in both old and young states by Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore, who give fearless performances of intriguing luminescence.
July 25, 2018
In the right hands, there's a nobility in unfettered eccentricity.
July 25, 2018
How strange, though, and how marvelous, to discover that a documentary camera is not always a reliable recorder, that it takes more than that to show us people in the fullness of life.
July 25, 2018
No matter how many times we revisit the story and peek in the windows, there really isn't much we can do except shake our heads and acknowledge that some people either don't get very good cards or don't play them very well.
July 25, 2018
Sensitive and well acted as this new Grey Gardens is, it feels like a wish-fulfillment fantasy that gives Little Edie a happy ending; the truth of this woman's life must have been much grimmer and messier.
July 25, 2018
Michael Sucsy directs an HBO version that takes a little of this, a little of that, in building toward a (sort-of) happy ending that's hard to swallow.
July 25, 2018
Like everything else about them, it's a trifle odd, carrying in its tones the unmistakable notes of tragedy and triumph.
July 25, 2018
Whatever problems I had with the script for "Grey Gardens" are completely offset by the stunning performances by Lange and Barrymore.
July 25, 2018
The original documentary may have been predatory, but it captured something powerful, the face of failed optimism, the many meanings of the word "spoiled." Sometimes it's better to let strange be strange.
July 25, 2018
Lange is flat-out extraordinary as she reveals the extent of Big Edie's big narcissism without demonizing her.
July 25, 2018
This is a performance that says, "If you thought I was just sidekick material for Adam Sandler or Hugh Grant, think again."
July 25, 2018
Whether you know the Maysleses' film or not, you'll be astounded at the performances of Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore as Big and Little Edie.
July 25, 2018
"Grey Gardens" is, like its subjects, a brilliant, moving, hilarious and mesmerizing mess of a movie that miraculously captures what made the Beales such iconic characters
July 25, 2018
If there is a meaning to this adaptation, it lies in the filmmaker's gentle suggestion of the Beales' martyrdom-though for what cause the ladies suffered remains unclear.
July 25, 2018
It's an enormous relief to report that Barrymore and Lange aren't just good as Little and Big Edith Bouvier: They're damn near perfect.
July 25, 2018
Lange never makes a false step. The revelation, though, is Barrymore, who nails an elusive accent and tricky mannerisms.
July 25, 2018
I was stunned by the uncanny accuracy of the scenes related to that original film; the set and prop reproductions, the re-enactment of scenes from the documentary, and the make-up and costuming of Barrymore and Lange is simply stunning.
October 27, 2017
Grey Gardens is tragicomedy of a very rare and rarefied kind -- priceless, precious and, thanks largely to Lange, potentially unforgettable.
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