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  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The point of the film is not to scorn or mock the Siegels, despite their excesses. They embody the quintessentially American urge to live beyond one's means. Their saga is simply the story of a nation's materialism writ large. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The Queen of Versailles combines the voyeuristic thrills of reality TV with the soul-revealing artistry of great portraiture and the head-shaking revelations of solid investigative reporting. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    This is certainly an apt time to make a crowd-pleasing movie about rich villains, but Greenfield is not an exploiter - she's an artist. show more

  • 50
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    The Queen of Versailles will prompt loathing not only among the so-called 99 Percent, but among those in the top 1 percent who would like someone more sane to represent them on camera. show more

  • 85
    Scott Tobias NPR

    Greenfield's refusal to pass judgment on the Siegels lends her subjects and their marriage unexpected complexity and depth - especially Jackie, a true force of nature. show more

  • 85
    Movieline

    There's a certain type of painful honesty that shines through in both their interviews toward the end and, particularly, in those with the staff. show more

  • 100
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    An indelible portrait of an American family at its most blithely macabre. show more

  • 100
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    The Queen of Versailles turns out to be a portrait -- appalling, absorbing and improbably affecting -- of how, even within a system seemingly designed to ensure that the rich get richer, sometimes the rich get poorer. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Some of Jackie's dialogue is so good it would distinguish a sitcom. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    By the end, the movie has pulled off a small miracle: You become absorbed in the lives of these people for who they are and not what they own. show more

  • June 19, 2013 Jackie
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    I was actually horrified to see the animal neglect from this family. It\'s amazing the children are still alive! someone should have reported them for animal abuse. The shouldn\'t be allowed to have any animals.

  • August 24, 2012 jkstudios
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    Well Done, I realize when you start a doc you might know where the film should end but is the end? Would like to see chapter three or just the sequel with more to follow. Jack Klein from Boca Darling. Luaren, I am sure this was more fun then filming skinny high school girls with eating problems.

  • August 09, 2012 loisog
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    Minus stars - I thought it was disgusting, the wife could have played a cow. The husband ************ as she dragged the family farther down.

  • August 06, 2012 No O Ne Uno
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    This movie is very interesting to see how the other half lives, but the ending was blah! I expected total life style reversal from riches to rags but they still got to live in a 20 million $ mansion and not the 80 million dollar one, boo effing hoo! They reduced house staff from 19 to 5 and laid off thousands of employees due to their greed for more money from hard working folks who bailed on their payments, agreeably! and no financial planning for the future of the business. Money can\'t buy you class nor intelligence it seems.

  • July 29, 2012 dancesteve
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    I loved this film... I hope we get to see how their story ends eventually.

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