The Queen of Versailles

20queen-thumbstandard Meet the Siegels, glitterati who made a fortune in the time-share business only to see it crumble in the 2008 financial collapse. The site of their rise and almost-fall is their home (America's largest), a gaudy replica of the Palace of Versailles.
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“The Queen of Versailles" follows a high-living couple as they seek to build the largest private home in America just as the 2008 financial crisis hits. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 95%
Critics' score: 95   Audience score: 76   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Seriously, if this was the American Dream, couldn't we have come up with something better? full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

"The Queen of Versailles" is funny, sad, infuriating, instructive. It's the American Dream inflated to ridiculous extremes, until it bursts. full review

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

More than a social morality tale, this is a character study, with the title well chosen. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

"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

Rafer Guzman, Newsday

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

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

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

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"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

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Through a clear lens unclouded by politics or blame, it offers insight into the hazardous American practice of living beyond our means. full review

Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle

There's more going on here than classist derision, and the filmmaker uses her footage to try to sort out her feelings. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

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

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

"The Queen of Versailles" is beautifully constructed and frequently uproarious. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

The paradox of wealth without refinement remains unexamined but emerges as a metaphor for the American Dream itself. full review

Richard Brody, New Yorker

Dig into your popcorn, and get ready for some snide schadenfreude. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

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

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

Director Lauren Greenfield finds the pathos in an ultra-wealthy couple who willingly mortgaged their own future. full review

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

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

Claudia Puig, USA Today

The Queen of Versailles is the lucky case of a documentary where life intervenes and deepens the film in completely unexpected ways. full review

[An] excellent and unexpectedly nuanced documentary... full review

Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

Captures the tone of the times with a clear, surprisingly compassionate eye. full review

A.O. Scott, New York Times

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

Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine
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  • Release Year: 2012
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 100 min
  • Available From: Dec 14, 2012
  • Queued by: 1902 people
Directed By
Lauren Greenfield

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