A production assistant (Eddie Redmayne) introduces Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) to the pleasures of British life during the filming of "The Prince and the Showgirl."
" 'My Week with Marilyn': Minor film with major marketing campaign "
" 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. "
" After My Week, Monroe remains an enigma. And that isn't a failing of Williams' performance but an expression of its nuance. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Curtis occasionally takes his characters out of Pinewood, but they're never really set free, either in physical or emotional terms. "
" 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. "
" Look at how Williams goes from unconsciously being Marilyn to consciously "acting" her. Would that the entire movie were as eloquent. "
" [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. "
" A dubious idea done in by Adrian Hodges's shallow script and Simon Curtis's clumsy direction. "
" 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. "
" There are any number of more interesting movies that could have been made with this material. "
" [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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Michelle Williams plays Monroe, and she's a wonder. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Williams is a more three-dimensional Monroe than the love goddess herself. The performance is both an eerie imitation and a touching revelation. "
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