Welcome to Me

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A transfixing central performance by Kristen Wiig performance holds Welcome to Me together and compensates for its uneven stretches.

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What happens when a young woman with Borderline Personality Disorder wins the lottery? In the case of Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig), she quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. Inspired by the immortal Oprah, she broadcasts her dirty laundry as both a form of exhibitionism and a platform to share her peculiar views on everything from nutrition to relationships to neutering pets. Also starring Wes Bentley, James Marsden, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Linda Cardellini. (C) Alchemy

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Critic Reviews for Welcome to Me

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  • Whatever the state of your mental health, you'll want to follow Alice down the rabbit hole.

    Mar 27, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Feeling embarrassed for Alice is natural - everything you don't want her to do, she does. It's like watching your favourite sport team losing a game over and over and over.

    Mar 27, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • As a mental illness narrative in particular, it feels perilously phoney.

    Mar 24, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
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  • Welcome to Me is character comedy at its finest, and most perfectly judged, as the quirky powerhouse Kristen Wiig takes on the role of a lifetime.

    Mar 24, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • There's not much plot here and very little in the way of character development. Alice is defined by her disorder and the screenplay isn't interested in delving into her life and relationships.

    May 23, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • No shortage of talent here. Pity they're all underused.

    May 22, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Liz Braun

    Toronto Sun
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Audience Reviews for Welcome to Me

  • Feb 02, 2016
    Kristen Wiig shines in this irreverent comedy about a bipolar woman who wins the lottery and buys 100 episodes of her own local broadcast show, unintentionally inventing the "narrative informercial". There are plenty of laugh out moments, but unfortunately all the characters except Kristen's Alice are one dimensional and pointless, which is sad considering there are plenty of talented actors on hand. There isn't really a plot or anything at stake. This is a character sketch for showcasing Wiig's talent. If it had more of a narrative thrust, this could be a classic on par with Being There, but unfortunately, it is a few fun scenes and no bones, just slightly better than Bridesmaids co-star's "Tammy". Unlike "Tammy", I wouldn't recommend skipping this. It's absurd and the kind of quirky that isn't annoying. This is a great premise, and it was sadly wasted, but there are enough funny moments to sit through the failed attempts at launching a plot.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2015
    A woman with Borderline Personality Disorder wins the lottery and buys off a TV station in order to produce a daily talk show. Kristen Wiig gives an excellent performance in both the dramatic and comedic/dramatic sections of this film. Her deadpan delivery was never more appropriate, and she mines soul-depths to create an interesting and compelling character. However, the film simply doesn't have enough plot events. It contents itself with scenes wholly motivated by Alice's (Wiig) disorder, occasionally interrupted by scenes of the TV execs arguing about whether it is ethical to display Alice's disorder despite her financial largess. It's a collection of the same scenes on repeat, so the plot doesn't advance, and the deus ex machina at the end is as unmotivated as the rest of the film. Why should the receiving character so spontaneously switch her stance? As a result, the film is a stagnant character study and is too thin on plot. Overall, Wiig is excellent, but the story isn't.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2015
    Understandably there are a bevy of flaws concerning this film, and I will get to them in the following review, but I should say right off the bat that I thoroughly enjoyed this little traipse into mental illness' machinations. Kristen Wiig has been killing it in indie roles lately, especially in "The Skeleton Twins" and "Girl Most Likely." Even when those films fell flat, Wiig's performance shined through like a piercing beacon of light. Okay, now that we have exalted at the SNL alumni throne, we can move onto the film as a whole. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/8/21/welcome-to-me
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2015
    Kristen Wiig is talented and charismatic enough to sell us this uneven story and not alienate us from her selfish, awkward character, although the film doesn't really find the best balance between comedy and drama.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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