My Week with Marilyn 2011

My Week With Marilyn

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

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In 1956 England, Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) lands a job as a production assistant on the set of "The Prince and the Showgirl," starring Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams). Marilyn is also honeymooning with her new husband, playwright Arthur Miller, but the combined pressure of work and the demands of the Hollywood hangers-on is driving her to exhaustion. When Miller departs for Paris, Colin seizes the opportunity, to give Marilyn respite during a week in the idyllic British countryside.

Cast & Crew

Michelle Williams
Marilyn Monroe
Kenneth Branagh
Laurence Olivier
Dominic Cooper
Milton Greene
Julia Ormond
Vivien Leigh
Judi Dench
Sybil Thorndike
Zoë Wanamaker
Paula Strasberg
Toby Jones
Arthur Jacobs
Derek Jacobi
Sir Owen Morshead
Adrian Hodges
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Jamie Laurenson
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Simon Curtis
Executive Producer
Ivan Mactaggart
Executive Producer
Christine Langan
Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Kelly Carmichael
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Critic Reviews for My Week with Marilyn

All Critics (186) | Top Critics (61) | Fresh (155) | Rotten (31)

  • This is a trifle of a film about a trifle of a film. But trifles can be appealing, especially English trifles, and this one is no exception.

    July 18, 2017 | Full Review…

    Lisa Rosman

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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…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This indifferently shot film winds up being another in a long line of creative works by men that exploit the legacy of Marilyn Monroe for their own satisfaction and little public good.

    November 26, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A dubious idea done in by Adrian Hodges's shallow script and Simon Curtis's clumsy direction.

    November 26, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Williams, lambent as ever, ably conveys the tension between Monroe's eyelid-fluttering public persona and the damaged woman behind it.

    November 25, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Aug 15, 2017
    My Week With Marilyn showcases how powerful Monroe really was. Perhaps not in the sense of authority, but her ability to be the most important person in a room. On a stage, down a street or even waltzing through a school, everyone knew who she was. Her acclaim and beauty was able to captivate everyone. And yet beneath the surface was a troubled young woman where the pressure of work and Hollywood drove her to depression and doubting her own self-belief. Her inexperienced training and method acting contrasted with Laurence Olivier's more traditional and thespian approach, I thought that was conveyed well. If you wanted to watch a film about Monroe's psychological decline, unfortunately this is not the film (although I think it would've benefitted exploring that route). This focusses on the difficult production of The Prince and the Showgirl and the sweet innocent love between third assistant director Colin Clark and Monroe. It's a story that is much about him as it is Monroe. Director Simon Curtis was able to capture the fragility and inevitable heartbreak that one goes through when attempting to pursue their first love. There is a thought provoking line towards the end that reads "our first love is such sweet despair" and is extremely apparent here. This is an actor's film, and what I mean by that is the acting is the primary method of captivation. No visuals, no divisiveness...just outstanding acting. Michelle Williams exhumed elegance and definitely transformed herself to not only look like Monroe but vocally sound like her. It was breathtaking to watch. Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh were both excellent also and the wealth of British talent was wonderful to watch. I appreciated the narrative to be presented in a cheery and more delightful manner, it makes the experience more uplifting and classy. Whilst I would've liked the exploration into Monroe's depression and addiction to drugs, alcohol etc. I did think the story itself was enthralling enough to be adapted. It's brief, it's concise and it's lovely to watch.
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2013
    I love Michelle Williams here. She shines as Marilyn Monroe, I was expecting to catch a flaw but none, Michelle Williams is the right choice to portray the blonde bombshell. Although, the movie itself is far from a good movie. The script is weak but executed well with brilliant casts such as Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Redmayne. 6/10.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2013
    Some wonderful central performances, but sadly everything else is very so-so.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2013
    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. 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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