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Based on 32 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 14 )
  • 25
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Here's Madge one more time doing something for which she is eminently unsuited – directing. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Whatever else W.E. may be (lousy, a waste of time, tin-eared, sleep-inducing, occasionally laughable, etc.), it's sincere and ambitious. show more

  • 20
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    The director's apparent blindness to the epic banality of her subjects suggests that the whole project is one royally misguided mess. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Madonna the director deserves a script better than the one Madonna the screenwriter handed off to her. The movie is full of incidents that don't quite cohere into a story - kind of like a Power Point presentation without a throughline. show more

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    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    While W.E. cannot be counted as a successful directorial effort, there are genuine elements of interest here. The most notable is a nervy central performance from Andrea Riseborough, who plays true-life Baltimore socialite Wallis Simpson. show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    As easy on the eyes and ears as it is embalmed from any dramatic point of view. show more

  • 55
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    W.E. is actually two intertwining stories - or maybe, more accurately, two stories clumsily rubbing against each other in an awkward attempt to set off a spark. show more

  • 75
    Diego Costa Slant Magazine

    W.E.'s is a kind of dynamic pleasure that allows for non-shameful identification with the feminine and a fantasy of becoming what we see. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    There is little human interest or excitement. It isn't written that way. The music and the dialogue seem curiously even and muted, and there aren't the kinds of drama we expect in a biopic. Everyone is too restrained and discreet to expose themselves that way. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    This jagged blob of a movie features a solo dance in the 1930s scored to the Sex Pistols' "Pretty Vacant," several scenes of a rich Manhattan woman chatting with the ghost of Wallis Simpson and a Sotheby's auction that draws a crowd reaction of the kind associated with "Family Feud." Yet I found the movie fascinating. Except for the boring bits. show more

  • March 19, 2012 wt00000000117733
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    The movie W.E. was one of the worst movies I have ever seen, worst than Ishtar and Waterworld. First of all the audio of the actors was all mumble....the film was filmed from strange angle and point of view so, often you saw only part of a scene and the scenes were cut short making it seem as though they either knew how bad the film was or the editor was on drugs. Madonna is talented but NOT for directing or writing any music. The score almost was no score and the jumping back and forth between the young abused and beaten up wife and her shrink sadistic husband and the King and or Prince and or Duke of Windsor and his adulterous gal pal....was headache producing. The only well done part of the film was the wardrobe and makeup person. If one is smart avoid this film at all costs.

  • March 18, 2012 crd0513
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  • March 11, 2012 Pat
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    Will it ever show in New Orleans are or we too backwards for the almighty DIRECTOR??????

  • March 02, 2012 buns2208
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    Why on earth isn\'t this film playing in or anywhere around Chicago?????

  • February 26, 2012 DORICAKE
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    I am a tough critic.. and I must say that I enjoyed the film. For me, I always enjoy storied that play with time... and although it took a little time to get in step... I enjoyed the whole thing.I was the reluctany filmgoier goin in and quite impressed going out. Just what I like in a film. Total surprise!

  • February 24, 2012 MISTER BROOKS
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    They aren\'t showing it in Santa Fe, NM. Is it ANTI something?

  • February 12, 2012 po00000000092467
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    Absolutely Incredible Piece of Work

  • February 06, 2012 hc00000000111813
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    Great film! Everything from the acting to the costumes to the music was incredibly well done. Whether you\'re a history buff, enjoy films about the royals, or just want to see a good movie, this is your film.

  • February 05, 2012 xj00000000112112
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  • February 04, 2012 mx00000000111599
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    Loved it.

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