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Love, Marilyn

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Liz Garbus

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About the Movie

Marilyn Monroe invented her public persona at the expense of concealing a private side known only to her close confidants. Fifty years after her death, her creation still blazes brightly in our cultural imagination, while the creator continues to lurk in the shadows. Drawing on never-before-seen personal papers, diaries and letters, Academy-award nominated director Liz Garbus (Bobby Fischer Against The World, The Farm: Angola, USA) worked with acclaimed actresses to evoke the multiple aspects of the real Marilyn - passion, ambition, soul-searching, power and fear – in an absorbing and astonishing portrait. These documents, brought to life in this film by some of our contemporary icons and stars, give us a new and revelatory understanding of Monroe, revealing her carefully guarded inner life.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 21
  • Fresh: 13
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The intelligence and dynamism of Ms. Garbus's approach could hardly fail to make you appreciate Monroe's growth as an actor. – David DeWitt, New York Times, Nov 29, 2012

Fresh: I realized not just how much we don't know about Marilyn Monroe but how a lot of what we think we know is more of a construct than a reality. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Nov 28, 2012

Rotten: Fifty years after her death, the actress's corpse is still being picked over with ever-diminishing returns, as evidenced in Liz Garbus's garish, misguided documentary Love, Marilyn. – Melissa Anderson, Village Voice, Nov 27, 2012

Fresh: A heartfelt and well-intentioned love letter to an already deeply beloved star, and for anyone who's still not convinced, the picture works hard to make the case for Monroe's gifts as an actress. – Stephanie Zacharek, NPR, Dec 13, 2012

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Customer Reviews


It was such an incredible movie, I'm going to buy it to have forever, though after watching this...what is forever?

A worthy tribute

The makers of this wonderful film really got this exceptional soul. All the actors reading from her musings, poetry, and the books she devoured, revealed a person deeply hungry for knowledge. Of self, and just about everything else. In her resolute determination to achieve perfection, Marilyn has always been my Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Five stars for this doc.


Simply amazing movie, gives incredible insight into her thought process and who she really was. A must have for any Marilyn fan.

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