Me and Orson Welles Reviews

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August 30, 2018
It just plodded on, drearily and leadenly, for the full 114 minutes, like I had nothing better to do, which I didn't, but that's not the point.
March 19, 2010
The only problem is the me.
January 4, 2010
Caveat emptor. This is really a movie about the "me"--a starstruck adolescent from New Jersey who lands a bitpart in Welles's production of Julius Caesar, not so much about the great actor, director and leftwing mover and shaker.
December 28, 2009
A toothless nostalgia trip, awash in name-dropping and only occasionally charming as a coming-of-age story.
December 28, 2009
Curiously inert but for the excellent (and accurately stagy) impersonation of Orson Welles by British stage actor Christian McKay ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 8, 2009
Linklater doesn't give his cast the extra shot of adrenaline it badly needs%u2014the direction to pick up the pace.
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.
December 4, 2009
As so often with films reverently dealing with theatre folk, the directing itself becomes exasperatingly theatrical and inert.
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.
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.
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 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.
November 24, 2009
It's slight, only sporadically enjoyable and sometimes corny.
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.
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.
November 22, 2009
The film's pleasures are to be found almost entirely in the meticulously recreated period design.
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