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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    John DoyleGlobe and Mail
    A fascinating trip into the American psyche.
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    Peter DebrugeVariety
    If anyone out there thinks the National Enquirer is harmless entertainment, "Scandalous" gives no shortage of alarming reasons to reconsider.
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    Robert AbeleLos Angeles Times
    As pop culture narratives go, "Scandalous" wants to be as colorful and fun as a flip through of the rag itself at the supermarket. But in these truth-challenged times, the jovial tone of "Scandalous" all too often outweighs the judgmental.
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    Matt FagerholmRogerEbert.com
    It comes off as more of a puff piece than an exposé, with its gratingly upbeat score, comical editing and penchant for letting its round-up of former Enquirer employees off the hook.
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    William BibbianiTheWrap
    Landsman isn't merely cataloguing the history of a kooky tabloid; he's using the Enquirer as a launching pad to explore the collapse of the entire journalistic enterprise.
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    John DeForeHollywood Reporter
    A look at the infamous paper that emphasizes color over critique, it's a blazingly paced film that entertains and informs, even if many viewers who value journalism will groan as they watch.
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    David LambleBay Area Reporter
    Detailed and bitterly funny.
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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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