Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 32
  2. Negative: 9 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Feb 9, 2012
    Conceived and directed by Madonna, W.E. is a gorgeous mess.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 9, 2012
    Madonna stayed married to director Guy Ritchie just long enough to absorb his most grating cinematic instincts - shooting in every style, in an addled, shuffle-mode, falsely glamorizing way until all is chaos. And, astonishingly, boredom.
  3. 38
    W.E. is a heavily made-up face masquerading as a movie and demanding to be admired – demands that might just leave you with an acute pain in the other end.
  4. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Jan 31, 2012
    Certainly, W.E. is the work of a woman who apparently hasn't spent time with normal human beings in a while. But Madonna's anachronistic use of music is the least of her movie's problems. It's basic storytelling that stymies her.
  5. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 9, 2012
    Whatever else W.E. may be (lousy, a waste of time, tin-eared, sleep-inducing, occasionally laughable, etc.), it's sincere and ambitious.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 2, 2012
    Here's Madge one more time doing something for which she is eminently unsuited – directing.
  7. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Feb 1, 2012
    For the scandal-prone icon behind the camera - who glibly writes off all that talk about her subjects' Nazi sympathies as slanderous nonsense from a jealous, hateful press and gossipy busybodies - the film might as well be called ME.
  8. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Feb 2, 2012
    The director's apparent blindness to the epic banality of her subjects suggests that the whole project is one royally misguided mess.
  9. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Dec 12, 2011
    It's a shame that W.E. smells so bad.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Jun 13, 2013
    A sweeping, beautiful movie with a gorgeous musical score, The twirling dance scene alone is worth watching the movie. Madonna is unfairly ripped by male critics who like dub-ass crap with half-ass comedians. Look at critic scores for male-oriented movies, vs more feminine types. The feminine types get ripped. Madonna is an artist. What she produces may not be perfect but it's beautiful. Full Review »
  2. Dec 12, 2012
    What we have is two films here. The one following Edward and Mrs simpson is actually really good, but the other in the modern time following Abbie Cornish is rather more ponderous and unnecessary. Andrea Riseborough is a revelation as Wallis Simpson and the film's costumes and design are lovely. Director Madonna also gives us some interesting camera set ups, which set to the stunning score are very effective. Without doubt the underrated film of 2012. Full Review »
  3. May 3, 2012
    Now director Madonna could easily be, what you say a horrid movie. And, sure it doesn't satisfy people like teenagers and young adults, but it does have a really appropriate story. The camera shot of the film is a genuine and perfect, the film itself is a bit longer as it should be, but with its proceeding films "The King's Speech", "The Iron Lady" and so-and-so, the film is still a good mix of a classic beauty and sometimes.... A complete horror. Full Review »