Grey Gardens
Grey Gardens (1975)

The unbelievable but true story of Mrs. Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Mother and daughter live in a world of their own behind the towering privets that surround their… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 14, 2001
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92%
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86%



Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

The beauty of this film is the dignity it imparts to the Beales, trapped in their pasts. They failed to launch, yet paradoxically, they continue to fly so high.

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Chicago Tribune

Grey Gardens became a cult film in the '70s, when mavericks and outsiders were the heroes and heroines and the Beales were valued for their alternative world and their priceless eccentricity.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

The Maysles and the Beales are equally culpable in giving the film its goon-show edge, which undoubtedly accounts for its pull on some audiences.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

Richly detailed and boundlessly evocative, even at its most claustrophobic.

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Matt Prigge
Metro

Watch 'Grey Gardens' long enough and the question of exploitation drops, leaving potential victims to become real people.

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Chase Whale
ChaseWhale.com

GREY GARDENS is an American classic.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Rarely have high spirits and theatrical energy seemed like such a tragic waste; an era and its myths seem to be dying on-screen in real time.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Old-money outcasts, or dropouts by lifestyle choice, the Beale ladies are not condescended to, smirked at or exhibited.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

There is something unseemly in the choice to document the Beales at all.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
One of the best portrayals of a relationship committed to film that I've ever seen. A strong testament to both the liberating power and the imprisoning… More
Leigh Ryan
Too eccentric for my taste.
Nicki Marie
Fascinating. Good cautionary story against living with your mother in your old age!
Anthony Lawrie
This now infamous documentary is both fascinating and appalling. Edith Sr and Edith Jr are beyond eccentric and the fact they were exploited this way is… More
Greg S
Edith Beale and her daughter "little Edie," relatives of Jackie Kennedy, live in a decaying mansion in the Hamptons littered with garbage; now in her… More
Stella Dallas
a disturbing and unique document. i can see why this is so highly rated but i would NOT want to watch it again