The Queen of Versailles
The Queen of Versailles (2012)

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,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 20, 2012
DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Queen of Versailles is a timely, engaging, and richly drawn portrait of the American Dream improbably composed of equal parts compassion and schadenfreude.

Cath Clarke
Time Out

It's priceless.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Craig D. Lindsey

Be prepared to find yourself trying to find sympathy and compassion for the Siegels.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Seriously, if this was the American Dream, couldn't we have come up with something better?

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

"The Queen of Versailles" is funny, sad, infuriating, instructive. It's the American Dream inflated to ridiculous extremes, until it bursts.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

An ultimately haunting worst-case-scenario for Americans living beyond their means after the bottom dropped out.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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!"

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

More than a social morality tale, this is a character study, with the title well chosen.

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Dan Jardine

A pretty effective warning shot across the bow of the one percenters.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This may be the most fascinating documentary to be made solely about a family since "An American Family." Jackie and David Siegel are some of the most… More
Reid Volk
A perfect marriage of capability and serendipity. Director Lisa Greenfield documents time share magnate David Seigel & his mostly silicone… More
Christian C
Sublime. Trash has never been so white!
Julie B
Both sad and funny. And somehow everyone in the theater seemed they needed to add their commentary, so it really riled them up.
Everett Johnson
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Greg S
Timeshare king David Siegel and his ex-beauty queen wife are building America's largest private home, a replica of Versailles; but when the real estate… More