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49 Ratings

Love, Marilyn

Directed by Liz Garbus
United States, 2012


Love, Marilyn takes an intimate look into the never-before-seen letters, diaries and notebooks of Marilyn Monroe. Appearing on screen to perform Marilyn’s words are renowned contemporary actresses, including Marisa Tomei, Uma Thurman, and Glenn Close.

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Love, Marilyn Directed by Liz Garbus

Critics reviews

Garbus’s documentary shows the poignant extent to which Monroe cultivated an image that she knew would sell—and then came to be identified with it. The film has the great merit of recovering the private voice from behind the screen and tabloid celebrity.
November 29, 2012
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This histrionic ventriloquism [where actresses read notes and letters written by Monroe] (the worst offenders: Marisa Tomei, Uma Thurman) turns Monroe’s life into The Vagina Monologues, cheapening the legend rather than illuminating her.
November 28, 2012
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The badly miscalculated meat of the film is an endless parade of to-camera addresses by performers such as Lindsay Lohan, Viola Davis and Uma Thurman, all reading clumsily from Monroe’s recently discovered letters and journal entries as if it were final-exam time at the Actors Studio.
November 26, 2012
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