Peter Stranks/HBO
Alynda Wheat
July 08, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Grey Gardens

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
95 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/27/75
performer
Edith B. Beale Jr., Edith Bouvier Beale
director
Albert Maysles, David Maysles
Producers
Portrait Films
distributor
Portrait Films
genre
Documentary

We gave it an B+

Grey Gardens, HBO’s dramatic retelling of the Maysles brothers’ classic documentary on Edith ”Big Edie” Beale (Lange) and her equally eccentric daughter ”Little Edie” (Barrymore) is standard biopic fare, and Lange never makes a false step. The revelation, though, is Barrymore, who nails an elusive accent and tricky mannerisms. No EXTRAS, but the meaty performances are enough. B+

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