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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
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Seriously, if this was the American Dream, couldn't we have come up with something better?
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
 
"The Queen of Versailles" is funny, sad, infuriating, instructive. It's the American Dream inflated to ridiculous extremes, until it bursts.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic  full review
 
More than a social morality tale, this is a character study, with the title well chosen.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail  full review
 
"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.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday  full review
 
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.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald  full review
 
What I left with was not hatred. I disapprove of the values they represent, but I also find them fascinating and just slightly lovable.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
 
"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.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post  full review
 
Through a clear lens unclouded by politics or blame, it offers insight into the hazardous American practice of living beyond our means.
Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
There's more going on here than classist derision, and the filmmaker uses her footage to try to sort out her feelings.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
 
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.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
"The Queen of Versailles" is beautifully constructed and frequently uproarious.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
 
The paradox of wealth without refinement remains unexamined but emerges as a metaphor for the American Dream itself.
Richard Brody, New Yorker  full review
 
Dig into your popcorn, and get ready for some snide schadenfreude.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
 
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.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post  full review
 
Director Lauren Greenfield finds the pathos in an ultra-wealthy couple who willingly mortgaged their own future.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News  full review
 
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.
Claudia Puig, USA Today  full review
 
The Queen of Versailles is the lucky case of a documentary where life intervenes and deepens the film in completely unexpected ways.
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  • Release Year: 2012
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 100 min
  • Available From: Dec 14, 2012
  • Queued by: 1970 people
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