W.E. (2012)

W.E. tells the story of two fragile but determined women - Wally Winthrop and Wallis Simpson - separated by more than six decades. In 1998, lonely New Yorker Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish) is obsessed with what she perceives as the ultimate… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 3, 2012
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2012
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Critic Score: 13% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It's hard to hate a movie that escorts us to such lovely locales, but instead of marking the territory as her own, Madonna has directed a potentially provocative story like a virgin.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

A movie more concerned with how things look than how they feel.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

Perhaps the movie should've been title W.E. C. As in, Who Even Cares....

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

With "W.E." Madonna gorges on glamour, architectural porn and haute couture but starves the mind.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

The production is nice looking, and telling the Edward-and-Wallis story from her side is an interesting idea, but it's one that Madonna simply can't pull off here.

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

Madonna's swirl of luxury and grainy jump-cuts merely drift, and then land somewhat in emptiness.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The film is stylishly shot. And, in weaving the stories of Wally and Wallis, Madonna trusts viewers to move from mood to mood, era to era without overexplanation, the way music-video editing long ago trained us to.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

A movie that's less about people than the fetishistic obsession with style.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

A marvelous 10-car pileup of ostentatious art direction and dated fashion shows in search of reason for being.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Madonna employs her shallow view of life in this self-indulgent project of pure vanity to tell two insipid stories that hardly blend together, creating an… More
Jim Hunter
This film juxtaposes the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII with a neglected woman in the twentieth century who entertains an obsession with… More
Christian C
Stylish to the point of being strange. The film seemed lifeless and lacking any significant point or emotion. This film would have made more sense as a photo… More
Cynthia S.
I thought that this movie was beautifully done. I have read some not so kind reviews, but I decided to watch it anyway do to the subject matter. I was very… More
Nicki Marie
Not sure what I think of this one. First the pluses. The movie certainly looks stylish. It's filmed beautifully and I love the outfits and make up used… More
Christopher Haskell
Besides a stylish and evocative piano number, Madonna's latest directing project falls flat, and hard. With a repetitious and unexplained connection… More