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The Queen of Versailles

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Lauren Greenfield

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About the Movie

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 the epic proportions of a 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 largest privately owned 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 lifestyle and character ensue within the cross-cultural household of family members and domestic staff.

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

Brilliant portrait of a family no one should feel sorry for

This fascinating documentary about a super rich couple faced with a reality check, is in fact an extraordinarily subtle and non-judgemental portrait of a family. Rather than being a mere caricature of bad taste, the turn of fortune allows the film to examine the perils of living entirely for material things. In spite of all the vulgarity and excess, the characters still comes out as profoundly human. Highly recommended !


I enjoyed this documentary movie. Even though I got richer still save money and not to buy crazy things :-)

This addictive documentary makes reality TV seem outdated

Greenfield mesmerizes the audience with her interesting and voyeuristic shots that draw you into the family's dynamics. Seeing the American Dream die would draw any audience in, but realizing the premise is not far from home really makes this movie relevant and worth watching.

The Queen of Versailles
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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