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  • Summary: In this David and Goliath tale, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on Donald Trump, as he gets set to destroy the crown jewels of Scotland’s natural heritage in order to build a luxury golf resort. We follow the local residents as they make their last stand in the face of police harrassment, constant legal threats and the cutting off of their water and electricity supplies. Director Anthony Baxter himself becomes international news after being thrown in jail following an interview with Trump’s greenskeeper. Told entirely without narration, You've BeenTrumped captures the cultural chasm between the glamorous, jet-setting and media savvy Donald Trump and a deeply rooted Scottish community. For the tycoon, the golf course is just another deal, with a possible billion dollar payoff. For the residents, it represents the destruction of a globally unique landscape that has been the backdrop for their lives. (International Film Circuit) Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Aug 1, 2012
    Aside from the corny title, Anthony Baxter's You've Been Trumped is a fine, powerful piece of documentary filmmaking, using old-fashioned vérité techniques - and more than a little audience manipulation - to show how political influence and media savvy help the wealthy exert their will.
  2. Reviewed by: Simon Kinnear
    Jul 30, 2012
    A vital, visceral antidote to Trump's slick PR machine.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 17, 2012
    In medieval times, the nobility enjoyed something called droit du seigneur, their right to deflower their serfs' virgin daughters before their marriage. These days the nobility has been replaced by billionaire bullies, who continue to screw us serfs.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Aug 2, 2012
    Collectivist in spirit, this mostly entertaining film lacks an official host or voiceover narration, which first works swimmingly but eventually becomes too diffuse.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Sep 27, 2012
    The biggest problem with the documentary, besides the overexposure of its namesake, is length.
  6. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Jul 31, 2012
    Donald Trump is the face of America here, representing all of us and demonstrating our values abroad. Hopefully this sharp rendering, or something very much like it, is the legacy for which he and his family will be remembered.
  7. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Jul 30, 2012
    Though Anthony Baxter seems driven by empathy rather than greed, his film is ultimately as reductive and misleading as the expensive Trump PR campaigns he righteously rails against.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Oct 27, 2012
    Donald Trump is an internationally famed entrepreneur who is also a very successful businessman. His vast business empire has made him a billionaire in his native United States and he wants to build a golf resort. He wants to build it on a site of special scientific interest on the Aberdeenshire coast (Scotland). This documentary plots his total disregard for the environment and the local residents in his efforts to achieve his goal. He is not alone in this; despite the local council turning down planning permission on environmental grounds the Scottish Parliament overturned the decision. Trumps claims that what he Expand
  2. Jan 7, 2014
    Exhibits all the worst habits of documentaries that have no respect for their audience. It insult the viewers intelligence by avoiding any attempt to provide multiple sides of a story from different perspectives and presumes that white hats and blacks are self-evident. Overly dramatic and menacing music becomes laughable amidst the stories of a half dozen local residents who are very content with their lives and see no need for economic development in their own piece a paradise. It's the same story with any development that occurs everyday and there is nothing special and poignant in this particular tail. Claims are made by opposing sides but the film never analyzes the veracity of any claim. Trump is bad, the politicians and police are bought off and the and a liar and the common folk are proud and courageous. Dreadful Expand