Love, Marilyn (2012)



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Based on the recent book, Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters, edited by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 2010, Fragments: Marilyn Monroe, explores the unknown side of Monroe "a deeply curious artist, a savvy businessperson" and challenges the long-held misperception of Marilyn as the dumb blonde archetype. Alongside interviews with experts and former acquaintances, A-list actors read from Marilyn's own writings, bringing her words to a contemporary audience for the first time. (c) Moxie Firecracker Films
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Critic Reviews for Love, Marilyn

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (12)

This intelligent, sensitive doc gets a bit pretentious as today's stars read Monroe's words.

Full Review… | October 15, 2013
Time Out
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Remove the comma from the title and Love, Marilyn plays like the command it is.

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
Globe and Mail
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Do any fresh revelations or insights remain, a half century past Monroe's overdose death at age 36?

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
Toronto Star
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A heartfelt and well-intentioned love letter to an already deeply beloved star, and for anyone who's still not convinced, the picture works hard to make the case for Monroe's gifts as an actress.

Full Review… | December 13, 2012
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Monroe's vulnerability and sense of inadequacy, her frustration and solitude, come through poignantly.

Full Review… | December 3, 2012
New Yorker
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It was a mistake to ask anyone to dramatically read a chicken recipe Monroe prepared for Joe DiMaggio (one of her husbands), or some of the other scribbles included here.

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for Love, Marilyn

Documentary that uses actors to narrate and quote Marilyn Monroe. Many of these quotes I remember from the book, "Fragments" which was basically a book containing private notes, letters, and poems written by Marilyn Monroe. I enjoyed hearing the quotes and letters being played out with much emotion, rather than flatly narrated. As some who truly admires and adores her - I've seen many Marilyn Monroe documentaries and "Love, Marilyn" is, by far, is my favorite.

Summer Polen
Summer Polen

A respectfully-made documentary featuring some current Hollywood A-listers -- Uma Thurman, Viola Davis, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Jennifer Ehle, Zoe Saldana, Hope Davis, Lindsay Lohan, Lili Taylor, Glenn Close and Elizabeth Banks -- reading poems, notes and letters of Marilyn's to give today's audience a glimpse of the actress' honest and insightful view on art, acting and the camera. Her writing and musings reveal an intelligent thinker of compassionate sensibilities. Her words are accompanied by some from close friends and acquaintances read by the likes of Paul Giamatti, Ben Foster, Adrien Brody, F. Murray Abraham and Jack Huston. Marilyn was loved by millions of fans around the world but she was afraid that she wasn't loved by those she loved most. I'm not sure if this is a love letter to Marilyn or one from her to her fans. She may have never known or felt it during her short, sad and tragic life; but she was loved like few have been loved since.

Thomas Williams
Thomas Williams

While it's interesting after a fashion to hear these actors read her journals and try to make them come alive, sometimes too empathetically, it becomes repetitive after a while. What could have added an extra needed dimension to this since they gathered such an amazing array of talent is to have these respected thespians, well except for Lohan, tell what value they found in Marilyn's work and what she meant to them.

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