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  • Summary: Based in real theatrical history, Me and Orson Welles is a romantic, coming-of-age story about a teenage actor who lucks into a role in "Julius Caesar" as it's being re-imagined by a brilliant, impetuous young director named Orson Welles at his newly-founded Mercury Theater in NYC, 1937. (Freestyle Releasing) Expand
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
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  1. 100
    The impersonation of Welles by Christian McKay in Me and Orson Welles is the centerpiece of the film, and from it, all else flows. We can almost accept that this is the Great Man.
  2. 90
    Art is a fairy tale we choose to believe in, and this movie, a fiction confected about real people, is too good not to be true.
  3. 83
    A thoroughly credible and deeply entertaining biopic about a titanically famous film personality.
  4. The very name Orson Welles stands for genius wasted and betrayed, and the movie offers some foreshadowing of his triumphs and failures to come.
  5. 70
    Deft, affectionate, and unexpectedly enjoyable.
  6. Has so little fire that Welles himself would have wondered out loud what he was doing stuck in the middle of it.
  7. 50
    Efron has yet to learn that smiling pretty is merely a component of acting, not its entirety. He makes for a supremely passive lead whose chemistry with Danes is nonexistent.

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. RichardE.
    Jan 4, 2010
    This might not be true for users, but some of the professional critics seem to have missed the irony of Welles's anti-fascist _Caesar_ being staged by a guy who gleeful acted like an autocrat. Maybe too many Americans accept the Romantic idea of the director as The Artist as Hero and allow him Expand
  2. Aug 24, 2012
    Once again Linklater proves that he can direct anything. This film is charming and entertaining. It works as a period piece, a biopic of orson welles and a coming of age story as well as a drama. Every aspect and genre in the film works extremely well. This film is made with so much skill it is astounding. Christian Mckay blew me away with his subtle nuances as Orson Welles. The only time the film kind of faltered for me was it's climax which is the play itself. Expand
  3. Apr 7, 2013
    An enjoyable film packed full of great performances and interesting characters. Unfortunately Zac Efron, who plays the main character, is a very poor actor and he goes a long way in dragging the film down. If they had cast a better actor in his part this film would have been a lot better. Expand
  4. Apr 1, 2011
    The bone-deep understanding that your life is so utterly without meaning. That simply to survive you have to reinvent yourself. Because if people canâ Collapse
  5. EdwardK.
    Dec 26, 2009
    A very entertaining movie, but not a great one. How I would have loved to have seen Welles's production of Caesar, however!
  6. May 5, 2011
    Who had the larger ego, Orson Welles or Julius Caesar? I have heard about the legendary Orson Welles ego and the film â
  7. WilsonS.
    Dec 27, 2009
    Too self-consciously a period piece, but pleasant enough.

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