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Me and Orson Welles Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Curiously inert but for the excellent (and accurately stagy) impersonation of Orson Welles by British stage actor Christian McKay ...

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 80/100

December 28, 2009
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Efron's fix on the period suggests a GPS struggling in a low-signal area, and the movie becomes an affectionate, name-dropping exercise in historical mutilation.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

November 29, 2009
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

The film's pleasures are to be found almost entirely in the meticulously recreated period design.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

November 22, 2009
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

Not quite a coming-of-age movie and not quite an examination of the early work of Orson Welles, it's an odd melange of the two that never quite comes together in a satisfying way.

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 2/4

December 11, 2009
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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As in life, the presence of Welles never fails to overtake things and McKay's command of the subject is so Welles-ian that when he's in a scene everyone else fades a little. And neither [Linklater] nor the film ever quite recover from that.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 24, 2009
Michael Smith
Tulsa World

A toothless nostalgia trip, awash in name-dropping and only occasionally charming as a coming-of-age story.

Full Review Source: Tulsa World | Original Score: 2/4

December 28, 2009
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

There's nothing interesting about Efron's character which means that a film built around him can't hold our attention for long, with the possible exception of a certain audience demographic who still thinks he's dreamy.

Full Review Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 5/10

December 18, 2009
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Zac Efron and Claire Danes evince all the charisma and erotic charge of a wet sock making love to a waterbug hopped up on caffeine.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 5/10

December 16, 2009
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

The filmmakers would have done better to make a film called "Orson Welles at the Mercury," and construct it around Christian McKay's impeccable interpretation of the man he played on the New York stage in "Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Welles."

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C

November 22, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Working with the fact-based eponymous novel by Robert Kaplow, first-time screenwriters Holly Gent Palmo and Vince Palmo are content to follow the contours of a standard behind-the-scenes story about the staging of a play.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 11, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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It's slight, only sporadically enjoyable and sometimes corny.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 24, 2009
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com

Whenever Christian McKay is on screen, it's transportive. So it's a shame that Linklater didn't see the egotistical irony in the title and just make a film all about Orson Welles. It's what he would have wanted.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 16, 2008
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com

Linklater doesn't give his cast the extra shot of adrenaline it badly needs%u2014the direction to pick up the pace.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 2/5

December 8, 2009
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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I'm getting very weary of filmmakers making up conversations, inventing motives and creating events so that their "based on a real story" movie can get to "the real truth." Because, actually, there's only one real truth.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 24, 2009
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

It's so dull. While some actors have praised the movie for its accurate portrayal of backstage life, if you haven't trodden the boards it's much harder to get caught up in the A-to-B dramas facing the troupe, or Richard and Sonja's affair.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

December 4, 2009
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

The only problem is the me.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly

March 19, 2010
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

Though Me & Orson Welles is nice and smart and unobjectionable, it's the least exciting, least vibrant movie Linklater has ever made.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: C+

September 8, 2008
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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A terminally bland coming-of-age story about a pretty young man with the worldâ(TM)s most awesome after-school job.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

November 24, 2009
Sal Cinquemani
Slant Magazine

The film's pleasures are to be found almost entirely in the meticulously recreated period design.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

November 22, 2009
Kevin Maher
Times [UK]

The film fails as a character portrait, a drama or a snapshot of an era, while simultaneously offering tantalising hints of each. Apart from watching the rising star McKay strut his stuff, there's little to recommend in Me and Orson Welles.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

December 4, 2009
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
April 4, 2011

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