02/09/2011 11:42 BST | Updated 02/11/2011 05:12 GMT

Madonna's 'W.E' Premieres At Venice Film Festival To Harsh Reviews

Madonna’s film career has been chequered to say the least so it’s no surprise that her latest offering premiered at Venice Film Festival yesterday to mixed reviews.

Madge’s second directorial effort, W.E., which tells the tale of King Edward VIII's famous romance with American divorcee Wallis Simpson and his subsequent abdication, has received a thrashing from some critics while others warmed to her attempt at bringing the story to life.

The Guardian's Xan Brooks said: "What an extraordinarily silly, preening, fatally mishandled film this is.

"It may even surpass 2008's Filth and Wisdom, Madonna's calamitous first outing as a film-maker. Her direction is so all over the shop that it barely qualifies as direction at all."

However, The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye wrote: "A lot of people will loathe it, simply because it’s been made by Madonna. But if they were to watch it with no knowledge of who directed, they would be pleasantly surprised."

And The Telegraph's David Gritten mused: "W.E. is rather better than expected; it’s bold, confident and not without amusing moments."

W.E has just sold to The Weinstein Company, who also distributed The King's Speech, but after reviews such as: "The film most closely resembles a sumptuous documentary about a young beauty on an exclusive shopping expedition," from the Hollywood Reporter's Todd Mccarthy, we'll be surprised if it picks up even one of The King's Speech's four Oscars.

See photos and videos of Madonna arriving at yesterday's premiere below...