...a kind of dynamic pleasure that allows for non-shameful identification with the feminine and a fantasy of becoming what we see.
—Diego Costa Slant Magazine
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
As easy on the eyes and ears as it is embalmed from any dramatic point of view.
—Todd McCarthy Hollywood Reporter
The movie is a folly, a desultory vanity project for its director and co-writer. But for those very reasons, W.E., by world-renowned personage and lesser-known filmmaker Madonna, is not without twisted interest.
—Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
The upshot is that instead of a film about a love that conquered a king and nearly undid a kingdom, Madonna has come up with a female friendship movie, which would be fine if she weren't busy trying to prove her art-film bona fides.
—Manohla Dargis New York Times