Madonna has tried her hand at film before but the recent reviews of her film W.E. at the 68th Venice Film Festival were nothing less than brutal. Several publications held back little as they critiqued her film, which is based on the life of American divorcee Wallis Simpson, whose affair with King Edward VIII led to his abdication.
According to Reuters, the film received the following reviews: Britain's Guardian newspaper gave it a one-out-of-five star review with Xan Brooks stating: "Could it be that Madonna is in deadly earnest here? If so, her film is more risible than we had any right to expect; a primped and simpering folly, the turkey that dreamed it was a peacock." Todd McCarthy of the Hollywood Reporter wrote: "Madonna's second foray into directing is pleasing to the eyes and ears, but lacking anything for the soul." Mark Adams, chief critic for Screen Daily, was a bit more forgiving when he wrote: "Madonna aims high as she seeks to tackle love, celebrity, fame, abuse and disappointment, often hitting her targets — and sometimes not — but always offering up images that are beautifully shot and staged."
Ultimately with Madonna’s name behind the film, viewers’ interest will be peaked and the box office will more than likely come out on top. The Daily Telegraph might agree since they gave the film three stars out of five. The North American scheduled release of W.E. is in December.