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: September 27, 1975
DVD Release Date: August 14, 2001
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Edith and Edie are like a toxic vaudeville team, joined not just by blood but affinity. They're three parts folie a deux to two parts shtick.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

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

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Christopher Machell

The film resists a focus on the eponymous house's restoration, instead representing the women's chaotic lives as a non-linear series of moments.

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Molly Eichel
Philadelphia Inquirer

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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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

As tender and revealing as it is completely bonkers.

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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Matt Prigge

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% 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
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
Carlos Magalh„es
An absorbing and darkly-humored film that seems today like a precursor to reality shows, observing the decadent lives of two extremely eccentric women in a… More
Leigh Ryan
Too eccentric for my taste.
Nicki Marie
Fascinating. Good cautionary story against living with your mother in your old age!
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