Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer

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Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer takes an entertaining -- and ultimately sobering -- look behind the headlines of an American tabloid institution.

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Sex! Gossip! Scandal! For over 60 years, the National Enquirer has pumped out salacious, shocking stories, stretching the limits of journalism and blurring the lines between truth and fiction. SCANDALOUS is the sensational true story of the most infamous tabloid in US history, a wild, probing look at how one newspaper's prescient grasp of its' readers darkest curiosities led it to massive profits and influence. From its coverage of Elvis's death, to Monica Lewinsky and the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the National Enquirer rattled the foundations of American culture and politics, sometimes allegedly using payoffs and blackmail to get its scoops. With rare archival footage and revelations as wild as National Enquirer headlines themselves, SCANDALOUS examines our obsession with the rich, famous and powerful, and the tabloid that has fed those obsessions for generations of Americans.

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  • If anyone out there thinks the National Enquirer is harmless entertainment, "Scandalous" gives no shortage of alarming reasons to reconsider.

    Nov 17, 2019 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
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  • As pop culture narratives go, "Scandalous" wants to be as colorful and fun as a flip through of the rag itself at the supermarket. But in these truth-challenged times, the jovial tone of "Scandalous" all too often outweighs the judgmental.

    Nov 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It comes off as more of a puff piece than an exposé, with its gratingly upbeat score, comical editing and penchant for letting its round-up of former Enquirer employees off the hook.

    Nov 15, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Landsman isn't merely cataloguing the history of a kooky tabloid; he's using the Enquirer as a launching pad to explore the collapse of the entire journalistic enterprise.

    Nov 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A look at the infamous paper that emphasizes color over critique, it's a blazingly paced film that entertains and informs, even if many viewers who value journalism will groan as they watch.

    Nov 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • In the end, the goal of the documentary, told mainly from the point of view of Enquirer alumni, is to be entertaining, and director Mark Landsman succeeds on that level, keeping things brisk and highly visual.

    Nov 14, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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