Me and Orson Welles
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In a whirlwind week in 1937 in New York City, a young aspiring actor named Richard is thrown into the middle of Orson Welles Mercury Theatre Company on the eve of the opening of Welles historic staging of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. During this week he will find romance with a worldly older woman, becomes immersed in a creative experience few are afforded and learn the downside of crossing the imperious, brilliant Welles. Richard is about to grow up fast.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The most resonant voice belongs to Welles, or rather to McKay, who uncannily channels the charm, ego and flim-flammery of the man who would soon move to Hollywood to direct and star in Citizen Kane."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A thoroughly enjoyable film that wraps a coming-of-age story around the portrait of a genius."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"This deceptively modest movie is smartly not a curated compilation of Wellesiana, but rather a warmly observed look at the theater and those souls who live for the arts."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"Thanks to Linklater and McKay, we get a rendition of Welles that gives vital pulse to the man, the myth, the legend."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Me and Orson Welles is a potentially wonderful film damaged by the presence of a lacklustre Zac Efron."
‑ Tim Martain, The Mercury
"Christian McKay's impersonation of young Orson Welles is sensational in this enjoyable, though slight, historical fiction about a teen who spends a memorable week with the legendary wonder."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"It's an open question as to who, outside theater geeks, will find this inside-baseball approach quite as fascinating as Linklater apparently does."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"The film's Welles is a mix of huckster and genius, thanks to an astonishing performance by little-known English actor Christian McKay, who captures his boundless self-confidence and energy. Director Richard Linklater gives his cast the chance to shine."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Christian McKay delivers a stand out performance in two of the best escapist hours you'll experience this year."
‑ Giles Hardie, Sydney Morning Herald
"McKay is magnificent [as Welles]. Not for a moment did I doubt that this was the man who went on to make Citizen Kane."
‑ Anders Wotzke, Moviedex
"The very name Orson Welles stands for genius wasted and betrayed, and the movie offers some foreshadowing of his triumphs and failures to come."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"I forgot that I was looking at an actor. I really believed I was looking at Welles."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A smart and charming backstage theater film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"You're not going to have huge laughs or terrible sadness or excitement. It's a bittersweet love letter to thespians of old."
‑ Marc Fennell, Triple J
"The film is beautifully, factually detailed. There's much to love here."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
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