Here’s more proof that everything Donald Trump does is the biggest and the best: A new documentary about Trump’s construction of a golf course is Scotland has only been out in the U.K. for two weeks, but in that time it has become the highest-rated British film of all time on IMDb.That’s right: according to the website’s users, “You’ve Been Trumped” is better than “Lawrence of Arabia,” better than “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” better than “The King’s Speech,” better than any other British production ever.
(One caveat: British-born directors Alfred Hitchcock and Christopher Nolan each placed a pair of films higher on the list – but in all four cases, those films were funded, set and shot in the U.S.)
“You’ve Been Trumped,” shot in Scotland and made by Scottish director Anthony Baxter, has a current user rating of 8.5 among what IMDb called “regular users,” whose rankings determine the site’s charts. That ties the film with “Citizen Kane,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Taxi Driver,” “North by Northwest,” “City Lights” and “American Beauty” (the last three American productions from British-born directors) as the 35th greatest movie of all time.
On the separate documentary chart, it ranks third, just behind the Alain Resnais‘ 1955 landmark “Night and Fog” and, in an indication of how early enthusiasm can skew the charts, the recent doc about the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team, “The Other Dream Team.”
The Donald would no doubt appreciate and even expect the superlatives, if not for the fact that “You’ve Been Trumped” is a virulently anti-Trump movie. A chronicle of how Trump purchased hundreds of acres to build a golf course on the northeast coast of Scotland, near the location of the 1983 film “Local Hero,” it details land grabs, local protests and roughshod environmental practices undertaken with the cooperation of Scottish officials.
Trump, meanwhile, insists that the construction will be “environmentally perfect,” while dismissing an angry local with lines like, “He lives like a pig.”
“The Trump who appears in Baxter’s film is a bully and a blowhard,” wrote Sports Illustrated‘s Michael Bamberger, who liked the movie but thinks the man is slightly more nuanced than that.
The film has won awards at several international film festivals, notwithstanding the fact that Trump himself has reportedly called it “boring.”
“You’ve Been Trumped” will be released in Los Angeles – where Trump fought a few more battles building a golf course in Palos Verdes – on August 17.
Critics, by the way, have been only marginally less enthusiastic than IMDb users. The film stands at 92 per cent positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which places it above “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Beasts of the Southen Wild” but below “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Invisible War.”
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