Me and Orson Welles
Me and Orson Welles (2009)

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.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 25, 2009
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2010
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Me and Orson Welles boasts a breakout performance by Christian McKay and an infectious love of the backstage drama that overcomes its sometimes fluffy tone.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.

Tom Long
Detroit News

A thoroughly enjoyable film that wraps a coming-of-age story around the portrait of a genius.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

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.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

It's an open question as to who, outside theater geeks, will find this inside-baseball approach quite as fascinating as Linklater apparently does.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

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.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The very name Orson Welles stands for genius wasted and betrayed, and the movie offers some foreshadowing of his triumphs and failures to come.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

I forgot that I was looking at an actor. I really believed I was looking at Welles.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A smart and charming backstage theater film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
During the viewing of this sweet nostalgic look at backstage life, I wondered how anybody came up with the funding for it! Nobody gets thrown out of a window,… More
Chris Weber
Charming. Really charming. Perhaps too charming. It's good though, and pretty entertaining. This is a fictionalized tale built around a real event. The… More
paul sandberg
In yet another fictional biopic (like My Week With Marilyn), Me And Orson Welles is about a larger than life character,and a time and a place. The year is 1937… More
Jennifer Xu
Orson Welles was known to be difficult to work with as he got older. He was a talented man trapped in an aging body, criminally underappreciated by critics and… More
Sam Barnett
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie. A lot of this comes from Christian McKay's spot-on role as Orson Welles, with all the self-constructed… More
Cast: Zac Efron, Claire Danes, Christian McKay, Ben Chaplin, Zoe Kazan, Eddie Marsan, Kelly Reilly, James Tupper, Leo Bill, Al Weaver Director: Richard… More