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Grey Gardens (1975)



Critic Consensus: Edith and Edie Beale are eccentric subjects who offer a generous amount of themselves in Grey Gardens, an inquisitive and nonjudgmental exploration of the isolated socialites' lifestyle.

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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 decaying 28-room East Hampton mansion known as "Grey Gardens," a place so far gone that the local authorities once threatened to evict them for violating building and sanitation codes. Mrs. Beale, a.k.a. "Big Edie," was born an aristocrat, sister of "Black Jack" Bouvier, Jackie O's father. "Little Edie" was an aspiring actress of striking beauty who put her New York life on hold to care for her mother--and never left her side again. Together they descended into a strange life of dependence and eccentricity that none had ever shared until the Maysles Brothers arrived with their camera and tape recorder in hand.

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Critic Reviews for Grey Gardens

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (10)

As tender and revealing as it is completely bonkers.

April 14, 2016 | Rating: 5/5
Top Critic

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.

August 6, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Classic ...

April 30, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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.

March 4, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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

March 3, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

March 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Grey Gardens


This precursor of modern reality television is cinéma vérité at its best, not just observing or "invading" its subjects' privacy but actually baring naked the insane relationship between these two hilariously eccentric women living together in a decrepit mansion falling apart.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Fascinating. Good cautionary story against living with your mother in your old age!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


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 50s, the delusional little Edie takes care of her shrewish mother while dreaming of getting married and becoming a professional dancer. Who knew "No Exit" was a documentary?

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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