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The Queen of Versailles

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Lauren Greenfield

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Plot Summary

With the epic dimensions of a Shakespearean tragedy, "The Queen of Versailles" follows billionaires Jackie and David Siegel’s rags-to-riches story. We open on the triumphant construction of the biggest house in America - a sprawling, 90,000-square-foot mansion inspired by Versailles. But when the economic crisis brings progress to a halt and undermines their empire, their over-the-top lifestyle must change dramatically. “Masterful. A wickedly funny allegory for the American dream.” The Washington Post

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 106
  • Fresh: 100
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The paradox of wealth without refinement remains unexamined but emerges as a metaphor for the American Dream itself. – Richard Brody, New Yorker, Jul 23, 2012

Fresh: Through a clear lens unclouded by politics or blame, it offers insight into the hazardous American practice of living beyond our means. – Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 26, 2012

Fresh: There's more going on here than classist derision, and the filmmaker uses her footage to try to sort out her feelings. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Jul 26, 2012

Fresh: "The Queen of Versailles" ought to be required viewing for anyone who blames the rich for yanking the rug out from under America's economy. – Rafer Guzman, Newsday, Aug 2, 2012

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Customer Reviews


I really enjoyed this movie. Unfortunately not for the same reasons others might have liked. This is a great documentary on how not to do capitalism and the timing was impeccable to demonstrate a few things wrong with society. I am all for making money but these people represent everything you do not want to be if you make a lot of money and the way they make their money is quite shameful . A disturbing thing you discover as you watch the story is how one person through very unethical and borderline shady business practices manages to prey on the poor. It was a real eye opener on how these intense sales pressure tactics are used to take money away from people who truly cannot afford what they are buying. The documentary does not explain the reasons as to why the banks were no longer lending him money and there was always this overhanging feeling of "but it's because you helped participate in the real-estate meltdown and your business is a scam that's going to cause another one". Everyone should be free to achieve great financial success BUT not by using predatory tactics that then demands the American tax payer to bail them out. I am tired of bailing out people like this. From what I could gather, this whole enterprise smells of a pyramid scheme and the only people enriching themselves are at the very top. Look at the salespeople in the documentary. I mean all of these people are either snakes or wanna be snakes too stupid to realize they are pawns in a game they will ultimately loose at. But what a great narrative to watch unfold. Well put together and a real eye opener.

Jackie is the queen of this movie!

Jackie makes this documentary fun and enjoyable! Love her nature and attitude towards life!
2 Thumbs up!

good movie

i liked this movie a lot. better than what i expected it to be.

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