The Queen of Versailles
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The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis. With epic proportions of Shakespearean tragedy, the film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream. The film begins with the family triumphantly constructing the biggest house in America, a 90,000 sq. ft. palace. Over the next two years, their sprawling empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. Major changes in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's priceless."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"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."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A pretty effective warning shot across the bow of the one percenters."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"...their plight plays like the financial crisis in miniature. Or perhaps it's in macro."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Both the quintessential documentary about the Great Recession, and quite possibly the most Schadenfreude-filled movie of all time."
‑ Stephen Silver, EntertainmentTell
"Seriously, if this was the American Dream, couldn't we have come up with something better?"
‑ 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."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Humanizes the upper one percent in a 100-percent entertaining way."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"My problem with this riches to rags Americana story is that I felt no sympathy for the featured self-absorbed materialists."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A documentary about a rich couple riding the waves of wealth and greed and then plunging downwards."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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!""
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"More than a social morality tale, this is a character study, with the title well chosen."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Strangely entertaining and revealing documentary about a culture obsessed with money and people aspiring to a life they can't afford. Greed is good once again if you can borrow enough money to consume all you desire. Mind the debt gap."
‑ Cameron Williams, The Popcorn Junkie
"If you've ever wondered how that one percent of the richest lives, this film will show you how one family lives (they are probably back in the 99 percent now), and it ain't pretty."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A powerhouse documentary, the film shifts from simply being a fly-on-the-wall look at material decadence and moral decay into a study of a family trying to hold itself together during a trying period."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
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