My Week with Marilyn Reviews

  • Michelle Williams plays Monroe, and she's a wonder.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Ms. Williams tries her best, and sometimes that's almost enough.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • 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.

    Mark Jenkins — Washington Post

  • For the 99 pleasantly strained minutes of "My Week With Marilyn,'' Williams convinces us of her Marilyn Monroe.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • 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.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • She is, as portrayed by Michelle Williams, a strange and beautiful alien: Unpredictable, odd, magnetic.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • A dubious idea done in by Adrian Hodges's shallow script and Simon Curtis's clumsy direction.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • After My Week, Monroe remains an enigma. And that isn't a failing of Williams' performance but an expression of its nuance.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • 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.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • 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.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • First-time feature film director Simon Curtis has made a minor picture about a minor picture, major talents notwithstanding.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Look at how Williams goes from unconsciously being Marilyn to consciously "acting" her. Would that the entire movie were as eloquent.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • 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.

    Tom Horgen — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • 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.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • 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.

    Ronnie Scheib — Variety

  • 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.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

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