• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: May 27, 2020
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Jenn Adams
    Jun 4, 2020
    83
    Filthy Rich effectively shows the vast systemic failure that allowed these girls to be victimized for so long. ... The series is at its best when amplifying the voices of Epstein’s survivors. One by one, they tell their stories revealing the painful details and providing important insight into the experience of surviving sexual assault and trauma.
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    May 28, 2020
    80
    Epstein’s death, which remains a murky element, helps this series concentrate on the area where it can illuminate his grim case most potently: that is, on first-hand accounts from his victims, who at all times have a great deal more to say on the subject than he does, whether in recorded deposition (which is almost the only time we see him speaking) or from beyond the grave.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    May 29, 2020
    75
    In four episodes that range from enraging to heartbreaking, we get to hear from victims, from appalled law enforcement complaining of compromised prosecutors, from business associates and ex-employees of the super-rich pedophile infamous for his “Orgy Island/Pedophile Island” in the Caribbean.
  4. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    May 29, 2020
    70
    Your level of engagement with the series will depend entirely on how easily you get queasy.
  5. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    May 21, 2020
    70
    This series provides the service of laying out a case that’s far less sensational than it could be (if because it’s leaving opportunities to gesture towards a more sweeping story on the table). ... Though viewers may crave more context and analysis, “Filthy Rich” does well at amplifying voices that tended to get lost in a story about one man who took a fall and, in his nebulous and dark orbit, many who likely never will. For this, it’s a worthwhile piece of work, if a painful watch.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    May 26, 2020
    63
    This is a well-made but not groundbreaking docuseries, confirming what we already knew about this monster but offering little new information.
  7. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    May 28, 2020
    60
    This faltering start is unfortunate, because beginning with episode 2, the miniseries develops as an impressive work of investigation, victim advocacy and sandbagging. ... The “survivors” of Epstein’s exploitation aren’t always their own best witnesses. Director Bryant, who began this film a year before the final arrest of Epstein (which may explain the series’ structure), allows the young women to speak without interruption—not without editing, but without questions being posed during shooting.
  8. Reviewed by: Lili Loofbourow
    May 27, 2020
    60
    Filthy Rich is a good enough starting point if you know little about Jeffrey Epstein, but it doesn’t crack anything open. The best thing the documentary does is let you hear from the survivors directly.
  9. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    May 21, 2020
    60
    Eye-opening at certain points and self-protectively myopic at others. Viewers will come to Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich with a lot of different needs, expectations or requirements, and those may play a large role in whether or not the result satisfies.
  10. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    May 29, 2020
    50
    There’s indisputable value in giving voice to people who were rendered voiceless for most of their adult lives, and in letting them explain how the systems that were supposed to protect them repeatedly failed. But Filthy Rich also suffers from a lack of clarity, hovering over its primary subject rather than targeting its punches. The series is eminently watchable, and enraging. But it comes no closer to unraveling Epstein than any previous reportorial attempts have managed.
  11. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    May 26, 2020
    50
    In the three episodes provided for this review, there’s never a unifying theme or reason that helps a viewer understand why the Epstein saga still merits four hours of our undivided attention. “Filthy Rich” often plays like a longer, fancier episode of NBC’s “Dateline.”
  12. Reviewed by: Ashlie D. Stevens
    May 27, 2020
    40
    Think of it, almost, as an especially plodding four-hour edition of "Dateline." ... "Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich" reiterates this case over and over, but misses several opportunities to understand how, why and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.
  13. Reviewed by: Jude Dry
    May 28, 2020
    25
    Ultimately, the shoddy storytelling does a great disservice to the women so bravely sharing their trauma on camera. “Filthy Rich” somehow manages to spreads itself too thin while also offering very little in the way of new information.
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 5 out of 14
  1. May 27, 2020
    2
    Jeffrey Epstein (and any scumbag, rich or not, who preys on women of any age, but especially underagd ones) is a scumbag. The only regret forJeffrey Epstein (and any scumbag, rich or not, who preys on women of any age, but especially underagd ones) is a scumbag. The only regret for his death is that there wasn't a chance to expose more scumbags.

    Having said that, I'm having a hard time with some of these stories. I'm hearing less rape or molestation, and more underage prostitution. I find it more creepy that the one painter took nude photos of her underage sisters to paint than what happened to her. And the other girl who seems more shook up over her three years of prostitution than seeing her step brother beaten to death.

    Again, no mercy for Epstein, but there are a lot of other failures going on here. Mainly with parents and relatives of these victims. How are 14 year olds ending up at a rich middle-aged guy's houses in the first pace? Why is the painter not being indicted for child porn? This whole docuseries seems to be more about exploiting the pain of the victims and less about who Epstein was and how he managed to do this for so long. FAIL!
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  2. Jun 8, 2020
    8
    Filthy Rich is a documentary that actually has care for the victims in mind. Epstein is a monster who is a small piece of a massive corruptionFilthy Rich is a documentary that actually has care for the victims in mind. Epstein is a monster who is a small piece of a massive corruption conspiracy of the elites of the world, and the whole system degrades and preys on women and children in the lower class, who are abused and poor. Victims tell the stories that show where the cracks in society are, and we need to listen to them. It's an uncomfortable documentary, as it should be, we need to rise up and guillotine the elite who have instituted these systems that allow such exploitation. Full Review »
  3. May 29, 2020
    7
    This documentary delivered despite being incomplete. Myself and many only knew that Eipstein was a rich criminal who "hung himself". ThisThis documentary delivered despite being incomplete. Myself and many only knew that Eipstein was a rich criminal who "hung himself". This series shed light that Eipstein and his wife Ghislaine were psychopathic ring leaders of underage girls. Eipstein's so powerful that he's still burying this case in his grave. He probably murdered dozens that went against him, and no one will ever know. At least with the series awareness, more people will try to bring justice for the silenced victims. It's time to ask the important questions like where is Ghislaine Maxwell? And why did Alex Acosta free Eipstein? Full Review »