Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer

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  • Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer takes an entertaining -- and ultimately sobering -- look behind the headlines of an American tabloid institution.
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    Christopher Llewellyn ReedHammer to Nail
    Thanks to director Mark Landsman's wildly entertaining new documentary ... everyone can now learn the history of this once popular rag.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    Maybe this surface-level documentary about the checkered history of the National Enquirer captures the spirit of its subject, but that's not necessarily a good thing if you're looking for genuine insight.
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    Mark DujsikMark Reviews Movies
    [T]he movie's final condemnation of the paper feels hollow -- both in terms of sentiment and actual investigation.
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    Frank OchiengFlick Feast
    ...[a] rousing and chippy documentary. Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer is inspired in its zany madness dedicated to appetizing trashy tidbits that adorn its preposterous pages.
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    Kelly VanceEast Bay Express
    As Scandalous suggests in its fascinating dirty-laundry exposé of the once-powerful nameplate, the Enquirer has hardly been missed - except perhaps when it comes to details of the crimes of Tori Spelling.
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    Stephen SilverSplice Today
    So much of Scandalous is dedicated to the National Enquirer staff's self-serving justifications of their sleazy behavior
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    Charles SolomonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    I was appalled by a lot of the material in this [film] and thought "If these are journalists, then I want a different title for my job"... This is such a sleazy thing [the filmmakers] are uncovering.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    A rip-roaring biography.
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    Sherilyn ConnellySF Weekly
    Scandalous is kinda fun until it becomes a reminder of why we can't have nice things.
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    Al AlexanderThe Patriot Ledger
    The Enquirer, Trump? It's impossible to separate the two. They are symbiotic, attached at the hip, as Landsman sets out to prove. And his evidence is pretty convincing.
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