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My Week with Marilyn Reviews

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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 20, 2013
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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 2, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 26, 2011
A dubious idea done in by Adrian Hodges's shallow script and Simon Curtis's clumsy direction.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 25, 2011
[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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 25, 2011
Williams is a more three-dimensional Monroe than the love goddess herself. The performance is both an eerie imitation and a touching revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 25, 2011
Curtis occasionally takes his characters out of Pinewood, but they're never really set free, either in physical or emotional terms.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 24, 2011
Michelle Williams plays Monroe, and she's a wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
November 23, 2011
It's too bad that Williams didn't have a script or director that would have given the film a better chance of attaining greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 23, 2011
[Williams] captures not only Monroe's fragility but also the guile and gumption beneath it. What she can't capture, of course, is Monroe's aura, and without it, the performance comes across as something more than mimicry but less than incandescence.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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William Goss
Film.com
November 23, 2011
It's an easy emotional rollercoaster to put an audience through, and while Williams nails the breathy voice and flickers of doubt, her work here is never allowed to feel truly effortless.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 23, 2011
After My Week, Monroe remains an enigma. And that isn't a failing of Williams' performance but an expression of its nuance.
| Original Score: 3/4
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November 23, 2011
When Williams turns on her inner Marilyn -- surrounded by, say, the staff of a stately home she's visiting on the sly -- she's a superstar, with a smile that could light up the surrounding county.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 23, 2011
Michelle Williams shoulders the daunting task of portraying the screen legend, and though she requires a body double with the appropriate curves, she gives a sweet and nicely vulnerable performance.
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
November 23, 2011
Williams's Monroe is more vital than anything else. The actress captures Monroe's range of emotions and personae, her shifts from vulnerability to brashness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 23, 2011
Brilliantly playing doomed '50s sex bomb Marilyn Monroe, Michelle Williams gets under the skin of the troubled yet vulnerable icon in a way no one else ever has.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 23, 2011
Look at how Williams goes from unconsciously being Marilyn to consciously "acting" her. Would that the entire movie were as eloquent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 23, 2011
No other actress has quite understood the frustrated, maternal side of Monroe that informed so many of her performances. Or quite recaptured that absolutely luminous quality she had on film.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 23, 2011
What matters is the performance by Michelle Williams. She evokes so many Marilyns, public and private, real and make-believe. We didn't know Monroe, but we believe she must have been something like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
November 22, 2011
There are any number of more interesting movies that could have been made with this material.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 22, 2011
It's pedestrian in most ways, but Williams - with a little help from friends in the lighting, camera, hair and make-up departments - lends it a touch of magic amid the nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 22, 2011
I'm delighted to recommend it, as long as you know what you're in for: "The King's Speech" has the subtlety of Chekhov in comparison.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
November 22, 2011
Whatever the flaws, the truth is nothing else much matters since Williams is Marilyn, and Marilyn had a way of outshining everything around her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
November 22, 2011
Shimmying stiffly in too-tight dresses, exaggerated belly padding protruding awkwardly off her modern waif frame, Williams's voice and movements reflect study but not feeling.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 22, 2011
Little more than a For Your Consideration ad stretched to feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 22, 2011
To have Marilyn Monroe kiss you and say that she loves you (whether or not she means it) -- imagine what that would mean in a man's life, not only in 1956, but decades after that, when he's middle-aged or old.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 22, 2011
In "My Week With Marilyn," Michelle Williams disappears so effortlessly into Monroe's translucent skin that the camera lens seems to fog up with desire. She's that good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 22, 2011
For the 99 pleasantly strained minutes of "My Week With Marilyn,'' Williams convinces us of her Marilyn Monroe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 22, 2011
Williams may not be a dead ringer for Marilyn Monroe/Norma Jean Baker but she superbly embodies the legendary sex symbol in My Week with Marilyn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 22, 2011
Maybe it's fitting that Williams' performance transcends the predictable film My Week With Marilyn becomes: Hers is a Marilyn seen by all, but always fading away.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 22, 2011
She is, as portrayed by Michelle Williams, a strange and beautiful alien: Unpredictable, odd, magnetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 22, 2011
Ms. Williams tries her best, and sometimes that's almost enough.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 22, 2011
Something moved me deeply watching Ms. Williams as the tragic Marilyn, illuminating the girlish joy, erotic glamour and self-destructive suffering of a public icon who was privately a bottomless pit of need.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 22, 2011
If "My Week with Marilyn" ultimately seems like a slight film, a barely disguised awards vehicle for Williams, that's probably because it is. But her performance is so engaging and complete, it's worth all the other shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
November 22, 2011
It's an expertly made, intentionally minor movie, though when Monroe, doping herself with everything available, lies in bed, confused and hapless, there are depressing intimations of the end to come.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 22, 2011
First-time feature film director Simon Curtis has made a minor picture about a minor picture, major talents notwithstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
November 22, 2011
Williams locates a central truth, the contradictory allure of this utterly impossible woman - mercurial, vain, foolish, but also intelligent in some very primal way and achingly vulnerable.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 21, 2011
It took a toll on Marilyn Monroe to look effortlessly buoyant on camera. Michelle Williams lets us see why. It's a great, soulful performance. Sit back and behold.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 21, 2011
Williams brings Marilyn to life in all her permutations: little-girl-lost Norma Jean; sexy, kittenish Marilyn Monroe; and the confused woman trapped in between.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 20, 2011
Williams makes Monroe simultaneously seem larger than life and heartbreakingly human.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Levin
The Atlantic
October 10, 2011
The truth, of course, is that Marilyn Monroe is what you make of her. Still, Michelle Williams offers a powerful way in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
October 10, 2011
To the extent that Michelle Williams' multilayered interpretation of Marilyn Monroe serves as its raison d'etre, My Week With Marilyn succeeds stunningly. Otherwise, the film flits uneasily between arch drawing-room comedy and foreshadowed tragedy.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
October 10, 2011
Michelle doing Marilyn is something to see, but nothing else here matches her for charm or inspiration.