W.E. - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

W.E. Reviews

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 9, 2016
Madonna's swirl of luxury and grainy jump-cuts merely drift, and then land somewhat in emptiness.
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
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
William Bibbiani
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
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
January 20, 2012
It is to royal biography what those commemorative plates are to royal weddings.
Siobhan Synnot
January 15, 2012
WE is so weirdly directed and edited that you keep wondering if this is a cheese dream.
Glenn Dunks
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.
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
Ed Gibbs
The National (UAE)
February 15, 2012
Madonna, for all her faults, cast this self-funded feature with uncharacteristic cinematic poise. Otherwise, though, it's a disappointment
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
January 25, 2012
The turning point was the bizarre sight of Wallis Simpson, high on drugs, dancing to the Sex Pistols with a Masai warrior.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 9, 2012
"W.E." is an elegant, ambitious and relentlessly monotonous film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
February 3, 2012
A tale for the ages compressed into something thoroughly forgettable.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 9, 2012
Madonna as a director has no discernible idea of how to locate a tone, or a provocative blend of tones. Her camera makes circles around its subjects every chance it gets in ways that evoke - nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 4, 2012
If Madonna wants to move into directing then she should get someone else to write the scripts. She has a fine visual eye, but she seems at a loss on how to put together an entertaining story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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William Goss
December 23, 2011
It would be one thing if W.E. were strictly a swooning counterpoint to Speech's scowling dismissal of Wallis and Edward's relationship, an embellishment of an already notorious romance rather than a twice-lathered soap opera.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
January 19, 2012
A pointless and pretentious oddity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
January 20, 2012
Laughably feeble portrait of a complex romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
February 10, 2012
If it's not quite the unholy mess that the reviews have promised, there's no question that this is a sloppy, hubristic affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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