• R, 1 hr. 59 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    In Theaters:
    Feb 3, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    May 1, 2012
  • The Weinstein Company


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W.E. Reviews

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Glenn Dunks

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.

Full Review Source: Trespass

September 8, 2013
Andy Lea
Daily Star

It may not be laughably awful - like her and Ritchie's Swept Away - it's something far worse...boring.

Full Review Source: Daily Star | Original Score: 1/5

March 14, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Is this the end of Madonna as a movie maker, a case of her always ambitious reach exceeding her limited grasp?

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 30, 2012
Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered

W.E. is staggeringly misjudged, infuriatingly revisionist, blindingly stupid and stomach evacuatingly terrible.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 2/10

September 15, 2012

Kudos to Madonna for ultimately producing a celluloid smorgasbord that contains the caloric content of a couple of Snackwell's cookies.

Full Review Source: NECN | Original Score: C+

September 4, 2012
William Bibbiani

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 Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 4.5/10

August 22, 2012
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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 Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 8, 2012
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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 Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 81/100

April 29, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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 Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

April 18, 2012
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Madonna doesn't appear in W.E. but her artistic sensibilities are on display at every turn.

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3/4

April 15, 2012
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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 Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

March 30, 2012
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly

Hear us out, Madge: Next time, go with what you know.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

March 28, 2012

Enough already with the famous-equals-feminist school of female icons - it's not enough to simply dress well.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 1/5

March 22, 2012
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 22, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

March 16, 2012
Shawn Levy

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 Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C

March 15, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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With "W.E." Madonna gorges on glamour, architectural porn and haute couture but starves the mind.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

March 5, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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 Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 2, 2012
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Neither story comes alive, in large part because the film never stops moving long enough to let them.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 1, 2012
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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A movie more concerned with how things look than how they feel.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

March 1, 2012
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