Her portrayal of the icon is earning praise from many reviewers.
Claudia Puig writes in USA TODAY about Williams’ “bravura performance.”
Roger Ebert thinks “What happens during the famous week [in the movie] hardly matters. What matters is the performance by Michelle Williams.”
A number of those reviewers refer to her exceptional performance as “channeling Marilyn Monroe.”
But I think that idea discounts Williams’ intense emotional and intellectual work in realizing such a complex and powerful performance; Williams is not a passive “channel” – she is a very actively engaged artist.
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