Grey Gardens
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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 decaying 28-room East Hampton mansion known as "Grey Gardens," a place so far gone that the local authorities once threatened to evict them for violating building and sanitation codes. Mrs. Beale, a.k.a. "Big Edie," was born an aristocrat, sister of "Black Jack" Bouvier, Jackie O's father. "Little Edie" was an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , Chicago Tribune
"Depressing cinéma vérité film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A newly struck print of the [Maysles] brothers' 1976 classic Grey Gardens proves that their work is still plenty provocative--and especially so in this era of shallow celebrity docs."
‑ Rob Nelson, Nashville Scene
"No film - no Tennessee Williams adaptation, nothing by Guy Maddin or Lynch, no genre-exploding Japanese horror flick - has ever had a stranger pair of characters at its core."
‑ Jake Euker,
"An endearing and impromptu sociological study"
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"GREY GARDENS is an American classic."
‑ Chase Whale,
"Tragicomic docu of aging eccentrics won't appeal to kids."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"Borderline exploitative. But the stark power of the dual portrait can't be denied."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"The film's real fascination, however, does not come through some morbid freak show angle but in its study of this strangely symbiotic relationship."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"There's an undeniable skill on The film feels pretty exploitative, even as the Beales insist that it's not exploiting them at all."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"There is something unseemly in the choice to document the Beales at all."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"[VIDEO] "Grey Gardens" plays like an all too real version of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" It is a backdoor view into of New York's 20th century aristocracy."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"An editor's exercise: take footage shot 30 years ago for another film, and edit it into a new movie"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"At first blush, the film may seem like an invitation to mockery, but the more one uncovers of the vast history of the Beales at Grey Gardens, the more the film becomes a monument to the fiercely independent nature of these two staunch characters."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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