Comedy Drama Fantasy - This is a fact-based drama with a lot of effects-heavy fantasy
sequences featuring dolls and action figures. Fans of star Steve
Carell should enjoy, as should those of Leslie Mann; Janelle Monae
and Diane Kruger have fairly small roles. The male lead character
has a taste for wearing women's shoes, and adult subject matter such
as that as well as some language, violence, and suggestive content
make the film not for kids despite the many scenes involving dolls
and action figures.
PROFANITY: 5 S-words; 2 GD's; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Glimpses of nude drawings. VIOLENCE: Fights and shootings with dolls; a man is beaten. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs. ACTION: Fights, combat, battles. COMEDY: Comic lines and sight/physical gags, sometimes suggestive.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average ...I left "Welcome to Marwen” feeling that Hogancamp had been cut off from agency from his own story, reduced to a cow-eyed dunderhead Candide only more voyeuristic. As for those special effects, they are vivid, colorful, convincing. They aren't quite so good that you don't notice the WWII fantasy scenarios enacted therein are clichéd constructions reenacted in high heels.
NY PostFull Review Average Despite a sympathetic lead performance from Steve Carell, the fictionalized version bogs down in extensive animated doll sequences, so similar that they grow increasingly tiresome.
Slant MagazineFull Review Below Average That isn't exactly feel-good material, which makes the perpetual niceness of this film, its fear of upsetting anyone, feel so stomach-churning. Zemeckis has always tried to search for the human splendor in spectacle, but in Welcome to Marwen he struggles to find either anything human or spectacular.
The GuardianFull Review Below Average The remarkable career of artist and photographer Mark Hogancamp has been turned into an elaborate and misjudged movie of baffling pass-agg ickiness and pointlessness.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 28 moviegoers:
TEENS: All the teens rated it just "good/average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Everyone rated it just "good/average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).
ADULTS: The male and female reviews are very similar. One loved "Welcome to Marwen," another 4 to 5 enjoyed it very much and the rest felt it was just a "good/average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).
When a devastating attack shatters Mark Hogancamp (Carell) and wipes away all memories, no one expected recovery. Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town where he can heal and be heroic. As he builds an astonishing art installation-a testament to the most powerful women he knows-through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one.