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Reel Deal: My Week With Marilyn

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Published on November 28th 2011.

Reel Deal: My Week With Marilyn

Average rating:3.5 Star

Here's what the critics are saying...

3/5 stars
By Sonia Zadurian for Cinevue.com

“Unfortunately, the film struggles with the balance between the comic and tragic. Whilst the screenplay often oozes wit and vitality - with Branagh in particular offering up many hilarious moments - it wanes when attempting to portray the more serious aspects of the story, as quieter scenes which depict Monroe as deeply troubled feel too lightly handled and fail to really wrench at the heartstrings.”


4/5 stars
By Stella Papamichael for DigitalSpy.co.uk

“Arguably, it is the enigmatic nature of Marilyn Monroe that means she still fascinates today, so it seems fitting that nobody can get a grasp on her. Williams bravely puts herself forward for the criticism that she could never fully resurrect such a legend, but the truth is that she gives more soul to the part than, arguably, Marilyn ever gave to her film roles.”


3/5 stars
By Tom Charity for LoveFilm

“Still, the film is so clumsily directed and over-emphatically scripted, it never really transcends its roots in gossip. It doesn’t tell us anything interesting about fame, only that it’s alluring and ensnaring, which I think we know by now. As a romance, it’s hardly there – not only because it’s so chaste, but because Colin is so young, it’s a ridiculously lop-sided affair.”



3/5 stars
By Simon Curtis for Time Out

“The saving grace is Williams. Various actors, from Toby Jones as Monroe’s press agent to Zoë Wanamaker as her Method coach, flap around her in underwritten parts, but Williams is convincing both as a troubled star and a luminous on-and-off-screen presence. ‘My Week with Marilyn’ is a minor movie about a minor episode in the life of a major star, but it has enough sense of its own high camp not to take itself too seriously.”


4/5 stars
By Lisa Giles-Keddie for Hey U Guys

“Williams is sure to get her second Oscar nomination for her Marilyn portrayal. She summons just the right countenance, pose and effervescence of the screen idol, while giving a respectable and credible insight into the darker recesses of her tortured mind and soul.”


4/5 stars
By David Noh for FilmJournal.com

“The film starts shakily with poor Williams having to immediately convince us, by singing and dancing an inaccurate mash-up of various Monroe numbers indifferently choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, but once that’s out of the way, the actress so completely embodies this pre-eminent star, in all of her sexiness, fun and heartbreak, that she’s a virtual shoo-in for this year’s Oscar.”



3/5 stars
By Luke Holland for Den of Geeks

“It does occasionally become as farcical as the film-within-a-film whose production we are witnessing, and while the trailer might have you believing this is a dissection of Monroe’s fame and flawed character, the reality is that it’s a whimsical fish-out-of-water comedy with sufficient dramatic excursions to pull it back down to a critically favourable performance piece.”


3/5 stars
By Angie Errigo for EmpireOnline.com

“At moments hilarious and others touching, it’s a sweet, slight affair, more pretty pageant than pithy biographical drama.”


4/5 stars
By Matthew Turner for ViewLondon.co.uk

“The production design is extremely impressive throughout and the script does a nice job of balancing Colin's possibly rose-tinted story with an engaging behind-the-scenes drama. As a result, there are some beautifully written moments, particularly when Olivier realises how wonderful Marilyn can be on camera when she gets it right.”


3.5/5 stars
By Brian Orndor for Blu-Ray.com

“It’s an understanding of Monroe’s complexity without an in-depth investigation of her life, offering only blips of behavior cleanly defined by Williams. She doesn’t actually resemble Monroe, but the actress becomes her with frightening ease, expressing that tractor-beam draw of sensuality, which always seemed to smear into despair.”


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