Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Aug 1, 2012
    83
    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
    80
    A vital, visceral antidote to Trump's slick PR machine.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 17, 2012
    75
    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 These days the nobility has been replaced by billionaire bullies, who continue to screw us serfs.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: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Aug 6, 2012
    75
    I went to school in Aberdeen and know the region well. It's a place of unforgiving winds and magnificent sunsets, harsh farmland and deserted beaches. The people are hardy, hardworking and fiercely self-sufficient, asking little of their government except the will to do the right thing. They weren't Trumped; they were betrayed.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 5, 2012
    60
    Modest but revealing documentary.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Aug 2, 2012
    60
    Mr. Trump comes across as an insensitive, lying bully who will do whatever it takes to realize his dream of creating what he promises will be the world's greatest golf resort.
  7. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Aug 2, 2012
    60
    Collectivist in spirit, this mostly entertaining film lacks an official host or voiceover narration, which first works swimmingly but eventually becomes too diffuse.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Sep 27, 2012
    50
    The biggest problem with the documentary, besides the overexposure of its namesake, is length.
  9. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Jul 31, 2012
    50
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Aug 2, 2012
    40
    First-time director Anthony Baxter jettisons all pretense of impartiality, without adding any of the intelligent outrage of his evident influence, Michael Moore.
  11. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jul 31, 2012
    40
    Bound to surprise absolutely no one, Donald Trump comes off like a shameless boor in this slack, hiss-jerking documentary about his efforts to build a luxurious golf resort on hundreds of pristine acres of the Scottish coast.
  12. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Jul 30, 2012
    25
    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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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jan 7, 2014
    1
    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 Full Review »
  2. Oct 27, 2012
    8
    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 Full Review »