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Me and Orson Welles Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 28, 2009
Curiously inert but for the excellent (and accurately stagy) impersonation of Orson Welles by British stage actor Christian McKay ...
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 29, 2009
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.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
November 22, 2009
The film's pleasures are to be found almost entirely in the meticulously recreated period design.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
December 11, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
November 24, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
December 28, 2009
A toothless nostalgia trip, awash in name-dropping and only occasionally charming as a coming-of-age story.
| Original Score: 2/4
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
December 18, 2009
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 | Original Score: 5/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: 5/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 22, 2009
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 | Original Score: C
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 11, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 24, 2009
It's slight, only sporadically enjoyable and sometimes corny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
September 16, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
December 8, 2009
Linklater doesn't give his cast the extra shot of adrenaline it badly needs%u2014the direction to pick up the pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 24, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
December 4, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
March 19, 2010
The only problem is the me.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
September 8, 2008
Though Me & Orson Welles is nice and smart and unobjectionable, it's the least exciting, least vibrant movie Linklater has ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
November 24, 2009
A terminally bland coming-of-age story about a pretty young man with the worldâ(TM)s most awesome after-school job.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kevin Maher
Times (UK)
December 4, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Smith
Radio Times
December 4, 2009
The highlight is McKay, who conjures the bluster and charisma of Welles, as well as bearing an uncanny physical resemblance to the boy-genius. But the screenplay reveals little about his mercurial character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

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