Me and Orson Welles
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High-school student Richard (Zac Efron) dreams of a life on the stage, so he takes trips into Manhattan and, on one of these occasions -- thanks to his drum- and ukulele-playing skills -- manages to BS his way into the cast of Orson Welles' (Christian McKay) newest production. The impressionable kid immediately gets swept up into this exciting new world. As he learns from his brilliant, mercurial new mentor, Richard attempts to win the affections of Sonja Jones (Claire Danes), an ambitious secretary at the theater who has designs on meeting David O. Selznick. Young Richard also befriends… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"The sheer dynamism of Welles in full flight -- an exasperating, yet awe-inspiring figure around the clock -- is brought to life with an incredible performance by unknown British actor Christian McKay."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
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