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Me & Orson Welles

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Richard Linklater

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About the Movie

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!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 151
  • Fresh: 129
  • Rotten: 22
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Christian McKay's impersonation of young Orson Welles is sensational in this enjoyable, though slight, historical fiction about a teen who spends a memorable week with the legendary wonder. – Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: I forgot that I was looking at an actor. I really believed I was looking at Welles. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It's an open question as to who, outside theater geeks, will find this inside-baseball approach quite as fascinating as Linklater apparently does. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Sep 24, 2011

Rotten: Working with the fact-based eponymous novel by Robert Kaplow, first-time screenwriters Holly Gent Palmo and Vince Palmo are content to follow the contours of a standard behind-the-scenes story about the staging of a play. – Peter Howell, Toronto Star, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


A love letter to youth and art and ambition and love. Exuberant and warm-spirited.


I found this film to be an great look to what theatre can be. It's a magnificent work of art that should be viewed by all who possess a love for theatre and the arts.

Wow. Start of a great career!

When I first heard that Zac Efron was doing a movie like this, I was nervous to see it. When it ended, I was thoroughly satisfied. He has some great acting chops; so much different than his High School Musical days and that 17 again movie. Serious, great story, and great story of a theatre great.

Me & Orson Welles
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  • $6.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2009

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