W.E. Synopsis
A lonely New Yorker is obsessed with the romance of Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII.
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Slant Magazine

By Diego Costa
W.E.'s is a kind of dynamic pleasure that allows for non-shameful identification with the feminine and a fantasy of becoming what we see.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
W.E. is actually two intertwining stories - or maybe, more accurately, two stories clumsily rubbing against each other in an awkward...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Madonna the director deserves a script better than the one Madonna the screenwriter handed off to her. The movie is full of incidents that...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
As easy on the eyes and ears as it is embalmed from any dramatic point of view.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
W.E., her second effort after 2008's "Filth and Wisdom,'' tries awfully hard. In the end it tries our patience.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The movie is a folly, a desultory vanity project for its director and co-writer. But for those very reasons, W.E., by world-renowned...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
While W.E. cannot be counted as a successful directorial effort, there are genuine elements of interest here. The most notable is a nervy...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Whatever else W.E. may be (lousy, a waste of time, tin-eared, sleep-inducing, occasionally laughable, etc.), it's sincere and ambitious.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Here's Madge one more time doing something for which she is eminently unsuited – directing.
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Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
The director's apparent blindness to the epic banality of her subjects suggests that the whole project is one royally misguided mess.
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beautiful and great story

By remleno
beautiful movie. good 1st film.... i think madonna will get a hard time because its madonna...but a great story and well filmed. good movie... better then iron lady ..has soem weaker moments but good...

Better than expected !

By maddyfan4ever
Madonna's Debut Film W.E. took me by surprise, great cinematography, costume and picture. and the soundtrack is one of the best i heard in a long time...


By kipp
A lot better than I thought it would be. Telling the Edward/Simpson story inside another story was a good way to handle it. It gave Madonna the unique opportunity to tell it from the feminist...


By rlverson
Mildly entertaining movie with a weak script and some missing motivations for the behavior of the protagonists. Nice look at the dress of the 30s upper class....

beautiful to look ...better than i thought it would be

By waynefh65
Madonna has style and a romantic vision. Madonna is also obviously obsessed with CIGARETTES (hundreds are smoked during this film...often in closeup) and RED LIPSTICK... great music. Def worth a...


By Gabrielle Rosenberg
Definitely my favorite costumes in a film this year. Great art direction, and cast, had some really beautiful shots as well. The story had some loose ends, and I thought it could be edited better....


By kkleinbe
This is so contrived it is laughable. At first you don't realize that one set of characters are real and one set are fiction. There is alot of back and forth between the eras, these snippets are...

Beautiful cinematography and story....

By SxySpanishStud10
I really enjoyed how Madonna intertwined a modern day story along with the historical tale of one of the most romantic couples of our time. I found the acting to be superb and Andrea Riseborough is...

A Strange And Confused Plot, Poorly Directed, But The Score is Excellent.

By Alon Patterson
I know, unless it's a musical the score is not very important in a movie. Still, that very thing is what keeps this one from being an abysmal failure. Mildly entertaining, it's obvious a daring...

Is not about the Royals

By ae.aiinehsazian
Hi, This is a movie centered in a woman looking for her identity. I had read some of the reviews before I went. In particular one of a 50+ gentleman who was very annoyed with the movie and ended up...

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Rated R | For some domestic violence, nudity, and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Madonna directs mature, uneven drama; some domestic abuse.
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