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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The luminous Michelle Williams goes bone-deep here. Monroe's beauty was one of a kind. No one, not even Williams, can act it. What Williams does, with fierce artistry and feeling, is illuminate Monroe's insights and insecurities about herself at the height of her fame. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Michelle Williams doesn't just survive. Called upon to glow, she glows. Her performance doesn't solve all the riddles of that personality; none could, and it's for the best that Williams doesn't try. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Disappearing into the role of the troubled actress, Williams' portrayal captures the star's breathy voice and distinctive mannerisms, while delving a few notches deeper. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    When bad movies happen to good people, the first place to look for an explanation is the basic idea. That certainly applies to My Week With Marilyn, a dubious idea done in by Adrian Hodges's shallow script and Simon Curtis's clumsy direction. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Williams never defaults to mimicry. Her Monroe doesn't have the breathless whisper and quivering lips/quivering hips quality of the Marilyn impersonators. Her Monroe is a lightbulb on a dimmer, suddenly bright, and just as suddenly, indistinct. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    When Marilyn Monroe appears, things stop. She is, as portrayed by Michelle Williams, a strange and beautiful alien: Unpredictable, odd, magnetic. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Williams gets us on intimate terms with one of Hollywood's most enduring and tragic icons. If much of what surrounds her in Simon Curtis' biographical drama is less nuanced, her work alone keeps the movie entertaining. show more

  • 70
    Bob Mondello NPR

    The film rests firmly on the shoulders of its central icon, and Williams, though she doesn't really resemble Monroe in either voice or visage, is pretty splendid at conjuring her. show more

  • 75
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    One thing My Week with Marilyn does get right is that women were as enchanted by her as the men were, if perhaps in a different way. show more

  • 100
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    What an extraordinary thrill to leave a movie exhilarated instead of drained, sated instead of empty, rejuvenated instead of depressed. It's a magical experience. show more

  • April 12, 2012 sr00000000118364
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    Pretty good movie. Acting was done well.

  • January 15, 2012 ti00000000110614
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    Michelle Williams deserves all the recognition she has received for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe. The movie itself is only so-so, with lots of glaring inaccuracies, but Ms. Williams\" performance is steller and sure to be Oscar nominated.

  • January 10, 2012 robert v. boos
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    outstanding flick, michelle is dreamy and the supporting cast is outstanding. go see it.

  • December 22, 2011 allynnh
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    The actors are outstanding. Michelle Williams gives a knockout performance five stars

  • December 21, 2011 danpierro
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  • December 18, 2011 asarnel
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    Only one word to discribe this movie: Brilliant

  • December 17, 2011 ej00000000108971
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    movie is weak, with hammy acting and confused about whether it should be a light romp, fairy tale, or serious. This is never sorted out and Branagh as a fat Olivier was embarrassing. Could have been funnier or more serious, but yes Ms Williams is a good actress who wasn\'t even close to how good Theresa Russell was in \"insignificance\" Don\'t see ******* overhyped and most reviewers are silly

  • December 16, 2011 Margaret Opine
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    MARILYN MONROE WAS A GREAT, SUPER GREAT, ENTERTAINER...and off the stage or from in front of the camera she was a delight. But in her personal life: she had demons and they got the best of her confidence and kept her down but even so there is only one Marilyn Monroe. Williams\' performance was a good, hard, try but it only made me want to come home and see Marilyn in one of her movies so I could get the MM flavor. I didn\'t think Williams\' body shape was comparable. This was more like a movie about Williams. The star of the show was everyone else who made Williams\' performance seem real but not as the real Marilyn but as a story about a character named Marilyn that Williams was proforming. I thought Eddie Redmayne did a very good job in his role. I DID COME AWAY WITH SOMETHING IMPORTANT: Marilyn had a big talent and a big fear of her big talent; she needed a constant escort and constant attention but she is not the first famous person that required all that. But mentally ill--I\'m not ready to buy that: She lived the life of a young girl and then as a young woman--and all those emotive swings like a rollercoaster goes with the territory.--MO

  • December 15, 2011 jbdlawyer
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    Very entertaining movie showing a realistic side of the exploitation of Monroe, and her mental illness..Williams is great, as she dances between the helpless little girl to the manipulative Hollywood star.; probably the greatest star of all time. Very fine screenplay emphasizes the complexity of Monroe. It\'s fun to fantasize about being so \"special\" that the rest of the world has to put up with all your idiocincracies.Most of us very have that luxury outside of perhaps early childhood. Yet the film displays the pressure and lonliness which accompanies such a persona. Well done, interesting and fun!

  • December 16, 2011 Pete
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    I posted earlier and would like to add to it after reading some other reviews. What I got out of the movie was that M.M. had Natural Star Power but was crippled with low self esteem & did not believe in her own talent. She constantly needed reinforcement from her acting coach and seeked constant approval from her peers and her fans. I believe she seeked comfort in drugs & booze to escape from her own deep rooted self criticism. Some people that are extremely talented can never be convinced of how good they are because they believe deep inside that they are unworthy of any praise & no amount of praise will ever be good enough.

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