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My Week with Marilyn (2011)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 161
Fresh: 135 | Rotten: 26

Michelle Williams shines in My Week with Marilyn, capturing the magnetism and vulnerability of Marilyn Monroe.

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 8

Michelle Williams shines in My Week with Marilyn, capturing the magnetism and vulnerability of Marilyn Monroe.

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In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of 'The Prince and the Showgirl'. The film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Aurthur Miller (Dougray Scott). Nearly 40 years on, his diary account The Prince, the Showgirl and Me was

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Adrian Hodges, Colin Clark

Mar 13, 2012

$14.6M

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I believe the heart of the film, and the cleverest stroke of all, is Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark, someone few of us will have heard of.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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That's all familiar lore but, to his credit, director Simon Curtis lays out these separate ambitions and conflicting tensions with breezy dispatch in the early frames.

December 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A dubious idea done in by Adrian Hodges's shallow script and Simon Curtis's clumsy direction.

November 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comment (1)
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[Williams] floats through the movie, perfectly capturing Monroe's way of rhythmically whispering through a song, looking softly frightened when uncertain, and not strolling so much as delicately oozing across the floor.

November 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Williams is a more three-dimensional Monroe than the love goddess herself. The performance is both an eerie imitation and a touching revelation.

November 25, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Curtis occasionally takes his characters out of Pinewood, but they're never really set free, either in physical or emotional terms.

November 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Michelle Williams stuns in an Oscar-worthy performance in one of the year's best films.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

A fun and tender tale of infatuation backed by two outstanding Oscar-nominated performances.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

When Michelle Williams is singing about starting a "Heat Wave" by "making my seat wave," friends you will believe it.

December 28, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The film hinges on Williams' performance and not once do you question that she is Monroe. It's that "all-in" that makes the film work in such fantastic fashion.

August 25, 2012 Full Review Source: NECN

Definitive performances keep the viewer interested in a less than compelling screenplay.

June 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

My Week with Marilyn is a performance master class from Williams, Branagh, Dench, Ormond etc orbiting around the most boring protagonist that I've seen in recent memory.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

A few good performances here and there do nothing to prevent this sappy, doe-eyed production from falling head-first into tedious territory.

March 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Moviedex | Comment (1)
Moviedex

a charming look at a small sequence of Monroe's life and the subtle impact she had on those around her. A wonderful film that goes beyond the story you already know.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
The Popcorn Junkie

Worth a watch just for Williams and the charming tale it tells.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

Michelle Williams is astonishingly good as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn. It's a great shame the film itself can't equal the brilliance of Williams' performance.

February 27, 2012 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Comment (1)
ABC Radio (Australia)

Williams captures the vulnerability, allure and transcendent appeal of Monroe perfectly.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

The subject matter is interesting but I was disappointed with its delivery. The screenplay is repetitious.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

Made with sublime sensitivity - not to be mistaken for weakness - My Week With Marilyn is a shimmering, memorable, magnificent movie

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Like Chanel No 5, whose fragrance with which she is identified, the bewitching allure of Marilyn Monroe wafts throughout this gem of a film, allowing us an intimate insight into her fragility, loneliness and insecurity

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

An uneven story buoyed by a transformative performance by Michelle Williams.

February 3, 2012
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Michelle Williams, who has received a lot of criticism for the shape of her body, deserves recognition for one of the year's best performances for her very convincing portrayal of Marilyn Monroe.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Based on a true story about the iconic Marilyn Monroe, "My Week with Marilyn" depicts the actress at her most gorgeous and most frustrating.

January 16, 2012 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

It is Michelle Williams who really sets the movie apart. She eerily recalls the ethereal Monroe and her subtle shifts in mood really get at the heart of the often somnambulant girl-woman.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies | Comment (1)
Knight at the Movies

Williams and a solid cast keep the intrigue coming.

January 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ReviewExpress.com
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Audience Reviews for My Week with Marilyn

Dame Sybil Thorndike: †First love is such sweet despair, Colin.

My Week with Marilyn is such a terrific film with great performances from big names like Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh, and littler names like Eddie Redmayne and Philip Jackson. What makes this movie the pleasure it is, is definitely the top notch cast. Michelle Williams just continues to top herself with everything she does and her performance as Marilyn Monroe is no different. She is absolutely fantastic. The other standout is Eddie Redmayne, who plays Colin Clark.

Colin Clark is a 23 year old and has aspirations of making it in the movie business. He works hard to try to get a spot on the production team of Sir Laurence Oliver's next film, which happens to star Marilyn Monroe. Colin is given a position as 3rd Assistant Director and is basically nothing more then an errand boy. He catches the eye of Marilyn though, as he is different from the rest of the films production team. We also get a glimpse at the tense relationship between Oliver and Monroe as they work on the film.

I love movies that show the behind the scenes look at famous people, and with My Week with Marilyn we are given that opportunity. It's also a film of subtlety, which I also love. Marilyn's lifestyle isn't made center stage in the film, but the glimpses we get of it are enough. It's just a really well written and directed film.†

My Week with Marilyn is a must see in my opinion. I loved each and every second of it and can't wait to watch it again. This is one of those films I can see myself revisiting many times and I'm sure I will.†
December 4, 2013
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Melvin White

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I did like this movie, but I think I found the point-of-view too jarring to really be able to get into it; the story was occasionally about the person who's week the title it was, but mostly, it was about Marilyn Monroe. This approach gave us an interesting angle for a biopic - sparing us, thankfully, from the Hollywood formula that so often garners Oscar nominations like Michelle WIlliams's for this role - but I found that wet-noodle Colin (Eddie Redmayne) got in the way of this story about Marilyn Monroe; to my mind, either Colin should've been the hero and Marilyn only seen occasionally, or Marilyn the heroine and Colin only seen occasionally. Dividing their screen time more or less equally made it difficult for me to get into either character's shoes, and I was unsatisfied as a result. It's beautifully shot, though, and Kenneth Branagh channeled Laurence Olivier impressively. A good enough film, but not quite great; a near-miss.
September 11, 2013
danperry17

Super Reviewer

Any biopic of someone as timeless and monumentally classic as Marilyn Monroe is going to underwhelm compared to the real thing, but with this film it got pretty darn close to impressive. Marilyn Monroe was a very flawed individual, and her life was tormented more by her own demons than anything pivotal, such as her divorces, pitfalls, and aberrations with the law and herself. This film takes on the grappling that Monroe went through in just keeping herself together, and the people who took care of her. The people around her get more of the attention, mostly because the film is from the point of view of Colin Clark (Redmayne) a third assistant director on the set of the film "The Prince and the Showgirl." Because of the setting I was not particularly intrigued to see this film for the longest time, mostly because Olivier's directorial debut was a lukewarm effort on both parties' parts and now that this film has emerged we can all see why. Olivier and Monroe did not work well together, mostly because Marilyn was trying to show herself as a viable and dramatic actress, and Olivier wanted a break from the world of Shakespeare so he could play the funnyman beside the comedic actress. The charm of the original Marilyn does come across well from Williams, as she conducts herself with the same vulnerable attitudes and whimsical sexuality as the real blonde bombshell. Branagh also does a very good job of capturing the bravado and sincerity of Olivier, mostly because both men imbibe some of the same qualities. Redmayne, as the caddish assistant, is without a proper personality other than caring about Marilyn and being cunning in order to secure a job. Other than that we're too busy watching Marilyn unfold herself onscreen to care whether or not she breaks the schoolboy's heart or not. The film is so minimal with what actually happens that Monroe comes off as a typically morose, temper tantrum giving, woman-child. Besides all the drama, it's a very interesting film about the most famous woman in the world.
August 22, 2013
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

My Week With Marilyn is another film "based on actual events", but this time truly believable as the co-writer of the screenplay is Colin Clark who published his diary based on his time spent as 3rd director (read go-fer) during the filming of The Prince And The Showgirl (a truly tepid film that is memorable only for the pairing of those two iconic figures, Sir Lawrence Olivier and Marilyn (who doesn't need a last name!).

The film does a wonderful job of getting inside not only the filmmaking, but of the psyche of that mercurial yet fragmented and frightened woman child that was Marilyn. With a strong cast including Kenneth Branagh as Olivier (who must have truly enjoyed being able to emote the bard in so many lines... I could listen to him do Shakespeare all day), and a fantastic rendition of Marilyn by Michelle Williams. For good measure you have Dame Judi Dench in a lovely role, and in what amounts to a cameo, Derrick Jacobi, who manages to light up the screen in his short time on it.

The direction and camera work stand up to the actors involved, with some lovely rotating camera work and lighting that somehow managed to emulate just how the camera loved Miss Monroe. Director Simon Curtis (and wouldn't it be something if he was related to Tony Curtis who once said that kissing Marilyn was like kissing Hitler) - plays the film as if it were the 60's and this serves the film well - keeping things moving along and light and breezy in spite of showing all of Marilyn's frayed edges. Using bits of songs from the Marilyn songbook along the way help capture her glamour but also her frailty, especially the terrific adaptation by Williams of That Old Black Magic which closes the film. Her significant pause before uttering the last word of the song sent chills down my spine.

Many have complained that this film is nothing more than a gimmick, but I have to disagree. It is well made, with terrific acting on display - an intelligent script and a 60's feeling that while showing you bits of the fractured Marilyn, refuses to wallow in it. The film may lack a certain depth in this regard, but for my taste, this isn't what I wanted to see here. The film entertains, shows a degree of respect for the subject, and rises far above the tabloid fare I'm sure many were hoping for.
January 6, 2013
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paul sandberg

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    1. Sir Laurence Olivier: She's quite wonderful. No training, no craft, no guile, just pure instinct. Astonishing.
    2. Colin Clark: You should tell her that.
    3. Sir Laurence Olivier: Oh, I will. But she won't believe me. That's probably what makes her great, yet it's certainly what makes her so profoundly unhappy.
    – Submitted by Jillian L (13 months ago)
    1. Lucy: Did she break your heart?
    2. Colin Clark: A little.
    3. Lucy: Good, it needed breaking.
    – Submitted by Jillian L (13 months ago)
    1. Marilyn Monroe: All people ever see is Marilyn Monroe. As soon as they realize I'm not her, they run.
    – Submitted by Jillian L (13 months ago)
    1. Colin Clark: It's agony because he's a great actor who wants to be a film star, and you're a film star who wants to be a great actress. This film won't help either of you.
    – Submitted by Jillian L (13 months ago)
    1. Sir Laurence Olivier: Acting is all about truth and if you can fake that, you'll have a jolly good career.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Dame Sybil Thorndike: First love is sweet despair.
    – Submitted by Thiago N (23 months ago)
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