W.E. Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
A marvelous 10-car pileup of ostentatious art direction and dated fashion shows in search of reason for being.
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 22, 2015
Does not end with any cohesive point, but as a study in style and technique it shows a woman enamored with the sensation of classic cinematic values.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 8, 2013
Having gone to painstaking lengths to ensure this film assigns [Madonna] oh-so-serious directorial cred that she has sadly forsaken the very energy that makes her a megastar to this very day.
Andy Lea
Daily Star
March 14, 2013
It may not be laughably awful - like her and Ritchie's Swept Away - it's something far worse...boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 30, 2012
Is this the end of Madonna as a movie maker, a case of her always ambitious reach exceeding her limited grasp?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
W.E. is staggeringly misjudged, infuriatingly revisionist, blindingly stupid and stomach evacuatingly terrible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
September 4, 2012
Kudos to Madonna for ultimately producing a celluloid smorgasbord that contains the caloric content of a couple of Snackwell's cookies.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
August 22, 2012
Impossible to recommend to anyone not already fascinated with the British royal family, or at least jonesing for a companion piece to The King's Speech.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 8, 2012
Truth be told, the film isn't THAT bad, and if it had been directed by an unknown rather than a controversial media icon, it might have been more charitably dismissed as an ambitious failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 29, 2012
not a completely horrible film ...there's one sequence - an anachronistic and jarring one in which Wallis Simpson ... dances with a Masai tribesman to the Sex Pistols' "Pretty Vacant" - that I think indicates that Madge has real potential as a director.
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 18, 2012
An ambitiously conceived and beautifully designed and costumed but disjointed work; each scene is impressive on its own, but the movie -- like its heroines? -- lacks a coherent identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 15, 2012
Madonna doesn't appear in W.E. but her artistic sensibilities are on display at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 30, 2012
Tonally and emotionally all over the map, Madonna wants to celebrate Wallis' and Edward's martini-shaking high living while also wallowing in her hidden pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
March 28, 2012
Hear us out, Madge: Next time, go with what you know.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 22, 2012
Enough already with the famous-equals-feminist school of female icons - it's not enough to simply dress well.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
March 22, 2012
The coda plays like one long and petulant foot stomp about sacrifice and due recognition of said sacrifice, and in that, too, it's impossible not to tease the thread back to its maker, striking a pose as misunderstood icon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 16, 2012
It's hard to hate a movie that escorts us to such lovely locales, but instead of marking the territory as her own, Madonna has directed a potentially provocative story like a virgin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
March 15, 2012
We can't take overly seriously the woes of folks whose silverware costs more than most people's homes, at least not as presented here, with their wealth depicted as a kind of moral state.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 5, 2012
With "W.E." Madonna gorges on glamour, architectural porn and haute couture but starves the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 2, 2012
The film is stylishly shot. And, in weaving the stories of Wally and Wallis, Madonna trusts viewers to move from mood to mood, era to era without overexplanation, the way music-video editing long ago trained us to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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