Me and Orson Welles

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Released 2008

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Director:
Richard Linklater
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG-13
High-schooler Richard Samuels lucks into a role in a daring Broadway production of Julius Caesar. Cues, staging, rehearsals, romance, rivalries: he has a lot to learn. And the first thing to learn is never upstage Mercury Theatre's genius director, 22-year-old Orson Welles. Zac Efron wins hearts and applause as Richard, the Me of this celebratory curtain call for when dreams - and the theater - were big. Christian McKay offers an uncanny Welles, the imposing, impetuous center of Richard's exciting new universe. Claire Danes is the enterprising stage assistant drawn into both men's lives. And Richard Linklater (Before Sunset, The School of Rock) directs with the vibrant spirit of those for whom all the world is a stage. Bravo!

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    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.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    McKay, a British stage actor who was doing an off-Broadway production about the movie legend when casting started, and Danes, whose acting always seems so effortlessly good, are th...

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    There are moments, especially when Welles is alternating between acting as Brutus and directing everyone else, that it's possible to forget you're watching an actor and really beli...

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    Zoe Kazan

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    Claire Danes

    Claire Danes

    Sonja Jones

    Christian McKay

    Christian McKay

    Orson Welles

    James Tupper

    James Tupper

    Joseph Cotten/Joseph Cotton

    Zac Efron

    Zac Efron

    Richard Samuels

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    Leo Bill

    Norman Lloyd

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