The Queen of Versailles Reviews

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August 28, 2019
The Siegels are fascinating because they both are and aren't us, and the film's pleasures are correspondingly-a la reality tv-made up of equal parts jealousy, sympathy, and schadenfreude.
September 7, 2012
[Siegel] is now suing Greenfield for "misrepresentation". Well, I know whose side I'm on.
September 6, 2012
Never has grotesque wealth looked so unenviable, or its removal been so entertaining, as in this garishly watchable riches-to-rags documentary ...
September 6, 2012
Prepare to be shocked, disgusted and compelled.
September 5, 2012
It's priceless.
August 23, 2012
Seriously, if this was the American Dream, couldn't we have come up with something better?
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!"
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.
August 9, 2012
"The Queen of Versailles" is funny, sad, infuriating, instructive. It's the American Dream inflated to ridiculous extremes, until it bursts.
August 3, 2012
More than a social morality tale, this is a character study, with the title well chosen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 23, 2012
The paradox of wealth without refinement remains unexamined but emerges as a metaphor for the American Dream itself.
July 20, 2012
Dig into your popcorn, and get ready for some snide schadenfreude.
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.
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