75

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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55

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
W.E. is actually two intertwining stories - or maybe, more accurately, two stories clumsily rubbing against each other in an awkward attempt to set off a spark.
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50

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 don't quite cohere into a story - kind of like a Power Point presentation without a throughline.
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50

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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50

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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42

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 personage and lesser-known filmmaker Madonna, is not without twisted interest.
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40

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 central performance from Andrea Riseborough, who plays true-life Baltimore socialite Wallis Simpson.
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25

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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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Here's Madge one more time doing something for which she is eminently unsuited – directing.
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20

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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37 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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