The Queen of Versailles - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Queen of Versailles Reviews

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May 23, 2018
The Queen of Versailles is truly mind blowing in that it reveals the complete otherworldism that makes up the minds of the 1%.
½ December 30, 2017
More "Trailer-Trash: Rags to Rags." Awww, pua ting. :(
September 24, 2017
Interesting documentary. Watch the rise and fall of a time share tycoon. Tragedy is not the rise and fall. It's how the old man aka tycoon treats his young children. Movies could also be titled why an old man should not have young kids.
August 29, 2017
worth a one time watch. before I watched it she was made out to be a gold digger but any women who is younger is always going to be made out to be a gold digger. shes a nice women.
June 14, 2017
A degree of (though far from complete) insight into an extremely successful example of the American dream - certainly not really the one percenters reviews keep calling them, even if they have the same money. Curious and interesting, but not particularly involving - it's hard to care much one way or the other what happens.
June 2, 2017
Fascinating documentary looking into the life of a billionaire family who was completely devastated by the crash of the economy. I would definitely watch it again.
½ December 24, 2016
You do feel sympathy for the people going through a family crisis, but only as much sympathy as one can muster for spoiled rich people.
July 11, 2016
Interesting to watch. It gives a glimpse into the problems of a 1%er's life.
June 16, 2016
Heard it showed how trashy the family was - I personally didn't see that. Thought they were eccentric but ok. Bit disappointed they didnt show the finished house (if it ever was finished...)
May 3, 2016
Insane life of a rich trophy wife. Riches to "rags" story?
½ November 25, 2015
I can't believe this person exists. I hate her though I couldn't stop watching and I never felt bad for these people. I still don't think that she is understanding living at a different level.
October 15, 2015
Interesting...up to a point.

A documentary on the lives of David and Jackie Siegel. He is the founder and owner of Westgate Resorts, the largest timeshare resort company in the world and she is his wife. Focuses more on her (hence the title): her rise from humble beginnings to the wife of a billionaire, the palatial house they were building ("Versailles", after the French palace) and then the problems they and the company faced in the wake of the GFC.

Quite interesting for about the first half. You see her humble beginnings, how he made his fortune and his plans for his company. You also see how the GFC turned everything upside down, how the banks, despite government bailouts, did their best to undermine their own debtors and seemed more interested in claiming their assets than receiving debt payments. It is an interesting study in how to make and lose a fortune, the consequences of the GFC and the unscrupulous practices of the banks (ironically, the same organisations who caused the GFC).

With these points made, however, the movie seems to run out of things to say. It drifts for the latter half. About the only interesting observation from then on is how she is unable to adjust to a much-diminished budget (even just having a budget would have been foreign to her). This creates a strain in the household, as he is desperately trying to cut costs.

The latter half does reduce the empathy one has for the characters, especially Jackie. In the first half they seemed reasonably normal, despite their wealth. It is in the second half she loses our engagement by behaving rather arrogantly.

Overall: worth watching, but it does feel like a drag in the second half.
July 20, 2015
"When you started filming, we are in the tops of the world. Now, we..."
½ July 7, 2015
Are you kidding me. Embarrassing
June 3, 2015
A film that follows a rich couple as they go from riches to rags due to the stock market crash a few years ago. Heart-wrenching when focused on those affected by the couple, this film shows how those who are materialistic and power-hungry live in denial after everything is taken away from them. From a technical point of view, the documentary is beautifully filmed and expertly edited.
½ May 13, 2015
Sometime you wonder if this doc's subjects are aware of the same impending doom that the audience is aware of. A superb study of the rich and not-so-famous, The Queen of Versailles dares you to sympathize with these 100% unrelatable divas of fortune.
April 5, 2015
Shameful excess.
Identifies exactly what is wrong in this world.
Like a good black comedy these people have no redeeming features.
March 26, 2015
This is a curious case: a well-made, compelling documentary about shallow, awful people. The movie follows the Siegels, who apparently own the largest timeshare company in the world, and are obscenely wealthy on an almost unimaginable scale. When the filmmakers first started shooting the film in early 2008, the Siegels were on top of the world - they were currently building what would have been the largest house in America, since their current enormous mansion somehow wasn't big enough. But then, in the middle of filming, the financial crisis of 2008 happened, and a couple of years later they were in (for them) dire financial straits, with their business laying off thousands of employees and on the brink of going bankrupt entirely. While the filmmakers - who totally efface their own presence and provide no explicit commentary one way or the other on their subjects - do a good job of presenting a nuanced, human, even sympathetic portrayal of these people, I was nevertheless by the end of the film dying to see this rich old bastard and his trophy wife and their bratty kids get the Funny Games treatment. Which, funnily enough, leads into my next review.
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