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Madonna’s W.E. – More Reviews

Even though it’s something of a slick mess, Madonna’s W.E. is just the kind of movie you’d expect from an artist who once, with a delightful lack of irony, declared herself a material girl. A weirdly sympathetic portrait of Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom a king gave up his throne, W.E. is the story of a life told through stuff: Evening gloves, cocktail shakers, baubles from Cartier, little hats trimmed with netting. It’s as if Madonna went back in time and forgot to talk to actual people, to find out how they lived and what they thought — but she sure did a lot of shopping. Movieline 5.5/10

The director’s debut effort, the 2008 Filth and Wisdom, was at least recognizably Madonna in its tale of a pole dancer and a man in dominatrix drag. W.E. is a failure of less significance: a botched episode of Masterpiece Theater crossed with a lethargic indie angst-othon. Time

“W.E.,” Madonna’s second go at directing a feature film, leaves one wishing she’d find other creative outlets for those times when she’s bored with the pop-star life. A new fashion line? Another documentary disassembling her latest truths and dares? Los Angeles Times

No matter her audacity, the Material Girl is only as good as her material, and Madonna has only half a movie here. Reuters

  • lilly

    Wally (Madonna) is caught in a loveless marriage (with Guy Ritchie), who does not want to have sex. She then begins to think: but what happened? I married in a castle! Why is my marriage not a fairytale? And why am I not getting what i want: a man who loves me? Practical as Madonna is, she thinks: maybe if I study the life of a woman who was deeply loved, i find out how to get a Prince. She begins to work on W.E. Divorce with Guy comes through. Enter the handsome Russian security officer (Jesus Luz), who helps her to find out how she can get what she wants: get a Prince, Like Wallis.
    Et voila: 3 year later there is a film, Madonna is over the divorce, exit Russian Security Giard, enter Brahim, and Madonna feels like she is 20 again and decided to give up all together on the idea of marriage, and just have fun with herself, after all she is a ‘Masterpiece’! Really, the woman is a GENIUS!!!! She is her own piece of Art.

  • islobonito

    I am sure she knew what she was doing while she was writing and directing this movie and I trust her creative vision.
    After I watch it I will be able to make my own review.
    Can’t wait though!

  • Jo

    FLOP – I knew it!!

  • Sloane

    I’ve been a fan since 1984. I love Madonna but she is quite probably the worst actress I’ve ever seen and should completely stay away from movies. There’s something very special about her in music vids, and on stage that catches your eye, but it does NOT translate to full feature film.

    The critics are right that it seems to be all about clothes & rich, shallow people. M’s been drenched in a billion dollar lifestyle — thousands of which come from me alone — and has lost touch w/ reality. I have no intention of seeing this movie. Bring on the album already and stop trying to be part of an elitist crowd that’s done nothing but turn their noses up at you, Madonna. Her desperation when it comes to film is cringeworthy. Go ahead and thumbs me down but we all know it’s true!

  • Mutha-Fukka

    Ouch!

  • Me

    Post the ones from Vogue, W Mag, Style, Interview, and others that were actually very positive. Why keep giving more weight to a few assholes?

    • alchemist

      because its the negative reviews that
      seem to get all the attention when it
      involves Madonna

      see the film for yourself,
      why let someone else taste the food
      for you. if you take my meaning

      just sayin’….

      • Mutha-Fukka

        Because all those reviews were from “fluff” magazines and talked more about the look and style of the movie. It’s tragic and sad to hear it got such bad reviews from these sources. I know M worked hard on it. Sad.

    • Alex

      I fully agree. The webmaster is masochist!!!

  • Mega-Madonna-Fan

    Hello Madonna Fans in Los Angeles.
    You can purchase tickets to see a special screening of W.E. tonight Friday, December 9 at arclight cinemas in Hollywood.
    Please go to http://www.arclightcinemas.com to purchase tickets
    Will see you there!

    By the way! FUCK THE ASS HOLE CRITICS! They can’t stop me from going to see Madonna and HAVE A GREAT TIME!

  • Bae

    Most of these just look like jabs at Madonna and not the film. I am not surprised

    It’s funny how everybody mentions my name, they’re not very nice

  • Ricky D

    HAHA! Critics always make me laugh. Can’t even remember last time I agreed with a film-critic. And like others have pointed out; them taking more about Madonna and what they generally think of HER as oppose to ignoring that and JUST focus on the film at hand says more about them than anything else. Do-over.

  • day4night

    wowsa. ME is really getting mauled. it can’t be THAT bad..i’m sure some bored housewives will love it

  • ED

    hahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    hahahahahahahaha
    she will never be a hollywood star

    • Mega-Madonna-Fan

      THIS REMINDS ME SO MUCH OF WHAT THE CRITICS HAVE SAID IN THE PAST FOR ALL OF HER WORK THROUGH-OUT THE YEARS; SHE CAN’T ACT, SHE CAN’T SING, SHE IS FINISHED!

      HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

      AND LOOK AT HER! REIGNING SUPREME! ONE SWANSON, ONE PICKFORD, ONE GISH, ONE GARBO, ONE CRAWFORD, ONE DIETRICH, ONE MONROE! FUCK THE REST! YOU CAN SAY ANYTHING YOU WANT ABOUT MADONNA, BUT, BUT YOU CAN NEVER STOP MADONNA FROM DOING WHAT SHE WANTS! IN FACT, SHE DOESN’T DEPEND ON YOUR COMMENTS TO BE WHO SHE IS. AND IF YOU THINK THAT YOUR GAGA FRIEND IS THE NEW QUEEN OF POP, YOU ARE FUCKING DREAMING! GAGA STILL HAS A LONGGGGGGGGGGGGGG WAY TO GO TO BE AN OUNCE OF WHAT MADONNA IS.

      MADONNA WILL FOREVER REMAIN IN YOU UNTIL YOU DIE, LIKE THAT LITTLE WRINKLE ON YOUR FOREHEAD THAT WILL NEVER, EVER GO AWAY! EAT THAT!!!!!! WISHFUL THINKING ASS WIPES!!!!

      I AM GOING TO SEE HER MOVIE TONIGHT AND NO ONE CAN STOP ME FROM HAVING A GREAT TIME! AND YOU AND ALL THE HATERS WILL ALWAYS BE THE 1% OUTSIDE MADONNA’S MILLIONS OF ADORING FANS! LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!

  • scorpie

    We are no SLAVES of these PRETENTIOUS people. FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST. ERGO, SEE THE MOVIE YOURSELF AND YOU BE THE JUDGE!

  • B

    I suppose the reaction is becoming normal (the backlash we seem to wait for whenever she’s associated with ANY project, it seems), but it makes me sad to see someone work so hard, and still get trampled on like this.

    I remember an interview during Bedtime Stories, when she said “why are people so afraid of my success?” and she mentioned that it’s sad that people aren’t inspired by all that she’s achieved.

    How can someone work so hard, do so much, and make people feel good (through music, etc.), yet get trashed so openly like this, and after 30 years in the business, no less?

    I just don’t get it.

    • john

      your right, even now, 30 years into her career, people want her to fail, whatever project she works on, the level of scrutiny is enormous.

      people want her to fail so they can feel good about themselves. all these film critics, how many films have they made?

  • john

    it probably wont stand a chance at the awards season, the film critics etc will make sure of that, so instead of getting nominations from the golden globes and maybe the oscars, the film will clear up at the razzies instead

    • Danilo S

      I guess Im speaking on behalf of all the true fans here, when I say that….. PLEASE, SHUT THE FUCK UP!

  • Material D

    I forgot some and refused to see other films that received good reviews because they were simply following the conventions and perceptions. I never go by what the critics say. I am not a critic’s sheep. I don’t follow their misjudgments.

    Now,
    to me this movie is a Must Be Seen. It sounds and seems fabulous.

    • scorpie

      TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU. ;-)

    • Marcos

      That’s right!

  • CAX

    The knives are evidently already out and being sharpened. A real shame. Haven’t seen the flick, obviously, but it’s clear that the film and its director are linked on a personal level that I’m not sure happens for all artists.

    I dont recall critics slashing justin timberlake, whose pop music has a big following but whose acting is worst that rotting food in landfill…

    I wonder if Angelina Jolie will receive the same vitriol when her new war film hits the market later this season.

    I think if Madonna wants to continue to make films she may well have to find a pseudonym to produce them under… it’s the only way she’ll get the chance to showcase herself as a director without the glare and scrutiny that come with the M Brand.

    • alchemist

      that’s the thing,
      Angelina’s directorial effort will most likely
      be praised to the high heavens, while Madonna’s
      will be kicked around like a tin can

      i think the case with W.E. is,
      is that years from now, it will be seen as it most
      likely is, a solid, beautifully shot film, rather than
      the drivel the “critics at large” are spewing

      ah well….

  • Pbal

    I hope she gets one or two technical awards at least!

  • LUCA

    Just look at all the movies being around this period they are all horrible, boring and stupid..and they are adored by the critics..so who cares..yhe fatc that she had bad reviews means good things to come

  • goltzius

    I don’t think there’s a lot of reviews that focus only on madonna the persona while it overlook the rest . majority is pointing out at the flaws of story telling and say she need to work more on the script next time . the only suburban review that is recent comes from the los angeles times , that’s why you read the new york times .

  • Scott (the real one)

    Wow, those are some bad reviews. I don’t think show biz people want Madonna to be successful so they bash everything she does. They focus only on her and not the actual movie.

  • Danilo S

    Oh, well….as we fans where expecting… the total backlash (is that even a word?) from critics. At Metacritic, its currently scoring 58%, so….
    I’m like, whatever…. Thinking positive. Alter all, if last year Alice in Wonderland scores 54% at Metacritic and won two Oscars! And I just checked and 2005 Memoirs of a Geisha scored 53% at MT, and won 3 Oscars!!!!
    WE is on the right track! Go Maddy!!!!!

  • alchemist

    i can’t recall a film more reviewed
    for it’s director than for it’s cast and story

    it’s irritating to know that most of the “critics” who’ve reviewed
    this film did so with a slanted biased against it’s famous director

    rather than remove Madonna’s past onscreen film roles,
    and observe the this film for it’s own merits, instead of seeing
    “Amber” from Swept Away when they entered the screening room
    wrote their all too negative reviews

    usually, a film is reviewed for its actors, screenplay,
    photography, etc, when in this case, it’s just about trashing Madonna’s
    well conceived efforts to tell a story as she sees it. but i guess this was
    bound to happen (sadly it seems it did)

    in any case,
    i’ve found that seeing a film, hearing a song, or tasting some food
    on my own is the very best way to determine whether it is to my liking

    i will go in with an objective eye, ear, and mind when i see W.E. next week,
    and i’m guessing that the film itself is nowhere near as predictable as the
    obligatory negative response critics seem to delight in giving this film

    those who can not create – – critique

    ah well….

    • Lisa

      I was going to reply on my own but I cannot improve upon what you wrote.

      • alchemist

        ha! thanx Lisa

        sucks that i had to express this,
        but that is just how it is…

  • MadonnaFan16

    Stupid assholes. If it was Woody Allen who directed it, they would say they loved it.

    • PriHeyMadonna

      Well, that’s hardly surprising.
      First of all, Madonna pushes people’s buttons – she aims to do so – and that’s why some adore her & others loathe her. Opinions are divided in the general public & the film guild alike. :D
      On the other hand, the film industry has always viewed her as an outsider because she’s a singer – and since she’s more popular than any film star/director/producer etc, they are more hostile toward her than they are to any singer who poses no threat to them.
      And on top of all that, critics are generally prone to praising their own favourites (that are disastrously dull to any sensible person) and writing scathing reviews about all others. After all, it’s implied that a “critic” criticizes.
      But who cares really? “Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it’s done, they’ve seen it done every day, but they’re unable to do it themselves.”-Brendan Francis Behan :P

    • Michael

      That’s not true. He’s had his share of bad reviews but he’s been more successful because he’s honed his skills in one medium, and I must say, he knows telling a story goes beyond perfect hairstyles and jewellery. If there’s one thing M is not famous for, its depth. She’s always been about surface area.
      If anyone on this page ever did read decent film criticism, they’d realise most reviews are focussed on the director because that’s where the film comes from.

      • PriHeyMadonna

        I absolutely disagree. If you think Madonna is superficial, then I’m sorry to say it’s your own failure to see beyond the surface. As Madonna herself said almost 6 years ago, her concert have many layers and the audience/viewers can dig as deep as they like/can.
        Imho, sometimes the most amazing parts of Madonna’s videos and concerts are the details, history & messages within the performances. But to spot those, you have to know Madonna’s way of thinking a bit better. There is more to her than meets the eye. :P

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