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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 love story: King Edward's VIII's abdication of the British throne for the woman he loved, American divorcée Wallis Simpson. But Wally's research, including several visits to the Sotheby's auction of the Windsor Estate, reveals that the couple's life together was not as perfect as she thought. Weaving back and forth in time, W.E.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

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"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."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A movie more concerned with how things look than how they feel."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Having gone to painstaking lengths to ensure this film assigns [Madonna] oh-so-serious directorial cred that she has sadly forsaken the very energy that makes her a megastar to this very day."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"W.E. is staggeringly misjudged, infuriatingly revisionist, blindingly stupid and stomach evacuatingly terrible."
‑ Will Chadwick, We Got This Covered
"Truth be told, the film isn't THAT bad, and if it had been directed by an unknown rather than a controversial media icon, it might have been more charitably dismissed as an ambitious failure."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"With "W.E." Madonna gorges on glamour, architectural porn and haute couture but starves the mind."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"It may not be laughably awful - like her and Ritchie's Swept Away - it's something far worse...boring."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"Kudos to Madonna for ultimately producing a celluloid smorgasbord that contains the caloric content of a couple of Snackwell's cookies."
‑ Erick Weber, NECN
"not a completely horrible film ...there's one sequence - an anachronistic and jarring one in which Wallis Simpson ... dances with a Masai tribesman to the Sex Pistols' "Pretty Vacant" - that I think indicates that Madge has real potential as a director."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"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."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"A movie that's less about people than the fetishistic obsession with style."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Is this the end of Madonna as a movie maker, a case of her always ambitious reach exceeding her limited grasp?"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Impossible to recommend to anyone not already fascinated with the British royal family, or at least jonesing for a companion piece to The King's Speech."
‑ William Bibbiani, CraveOnline
"An ambitiously conceived and beautifully designed and costumed but disjointed work; each scene is impressive on its own, but the movie -- like its heroines? -- lacks a coherent identity."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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