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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 18, 2009
  • Season #: 1
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77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics What's this?

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  • Summary: The 1973 documentary about Little Edie (Barrymore) and her mother, Big Edie (Lange), having been made into an award-winning Broadway play of the same name, is again dramatized as a film for HBO.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    I will tell you that Lange and Barrymore deserve Emmys as does the production, which is so authentic you can see the real silk char meuse oozing off socialite shoulders.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    100
    The Beales' story--predictably, sadly--descends into mutual recrimination, then near madness. It's all rescued by two stunning performances.
  3. The HBO film Grey Gardens shines new light on old subjects, and the result--including a fantastic performance from Drew Barrymore--is beyond entertaining.
  4. 80
    Grey Gardens is tragicomedy of a very rare and rarefied kind--priceless, precious and, thanks largely to Lange, potentially unforgettable.
  5. The acting is compelling, and the costumes are sumptuous, but the staging is static, too “Masterpiece Theater” for the story at hand.
  6. Reviewed by: Randee Dawn
    70
    Director/co-producer/co-writer Michael Sucsy gets their plight, and he's unflinching about exploiting it. But it's hard to say he exposes the heart of his characters; Little Edie's motivation remains a mystery.
  7. Lange is fine as the senior Edie, but Barrymore, for reasons not entirely her fault, seems off her game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7

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