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Me and Orson Welles Reviews

November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 17, 2009
The most resonant voice belongs to Welles, or rather to McKay, who uncannily channels the charm, ego and flim-flammery of the man who would soon move to Hollywood to direct and star in Citizen Kane.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 11, 2009
Christian McKay's impersonation of young Orson Welles is sensational in this enjoyable, though slight, historical fiction about a teen who spends a memorable week with the legendary wonder.
December 11, 2009
The very name Orson Welles stands for genius wasted and betrayed, and the movie offers some foreshadowing of his triumphs and failures to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 11, 2009
A thoroughly enjoyable film that wraps a coming-of-age story around the portrait of a genius.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 11, 2009
It's an open question as to who, outside theater geeks, will find this inside-baseball approach quite as fascinating as Linklater apparently does.
December 11, 2009
I forgot that I was looking at an actor. I really believed I was looking at Welles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
December 10, 2009
Me and Orson Welles is a little velvet sack of diamonds. It's a sparkling love letter to a gigantic talent, a romance, a comedy, a drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 10, 2009
Linklater keeps everything bouncing along, in sepia light and roar-of-the-greasepaint dust, giving us a little lesson in theater history along with an appealing coming-of-age tale.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 10, 2009
Linklater's film adaptation succeeds in bringing the flamboyant Welles to life, without resorting to caricature (although a few vintage Al Hirschfelds adorn the walls).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 10, 2009
A real charmer, Me and Orson Welles is the work of a director who takes nostalgia, romantic possibility and the theater seriously, without being a pill about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 10, 2009
The impersonation of Welles by Christian McKay in Me and Orson Welles is the centerpiece of the film, and from it, all else flows. We can almost accept that this is the Great Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 4, 2009
There's a strong ensemble flavour, characterised by the simultaneously selfish and clubbable tendencies of the actors, which makes for a lightly comic experience but also for a portrait of a theatre company that feels warm and true.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 4, 2009
Welles comes off as an imperious, duplicitous, philandering brat. But he's also funny, seductive, and ingenious.
November 30, 2009
You feel a little bit what it was like to sit in that theater on opening night. You also feel like what it was and what it still is to be a young person infatuated with writing, with art, with theater...
November 29, 2009
What do you say about a movie that proves Zac Efron can act, introduces a master thespian in Christian McKay and launches a charm assault that is damn near irresistible?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
November 25, 2009
The story of a teenager's sometimes uncomfortable brush with greatness, it is necessary viewing for anyone whose imagination has been seduced by the charms of art.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 25, 2009
One of the best pictures about the stage in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 25, 2009
Deft, affectionate, and unexpectedly enjoyable.
November 25, 2009
Surprisingly conventional by director Richard Linklater's standards, this pleasant, low-key dramedy is most memorable for the discovery of co-star Christian McKay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 25, 2009
Welles is brilliantly embodied by Christian McKay in one of those, hey-who's-that? performances that tends to draw Oscar talk, even if the film itself isn't much more than an extremely pleasant lark.
November 24, 2009
This is a standard coming-of-age story set in a milieu that's anything but standard, and that's what keeps the picture's motor running.
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
November 24, 2009
It's slight, only sporadically enjoyable and sometimes corny.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
November 24, 2009
In a departure from his usual intimate, character-based fare, director Richard Linklater paints on a broad cinematic canvas that brings Depression-era Broadway vividly to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
November 23, 2009
Quippy, fast, and enjoyably corny, Welles is like a musical comedy without songs.
September 9, 2008
There are moments, especially when Welles is alternating between acting as Brutus and directing everyone else, that it's possible to forget you're watching an actor and really believe you're beholding Orson Welles at work.