Netflix | Release Date: September 16, 2022
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MattyIce34Sep 18, 2022
If Baz Luhrmann directed a Marilyn Monroe biopic, this is what it would look at. The film is nonsense and all over the place, supporting characters are cartoons, and the lead performance holds it all together. I totally see why peopleIf Baz Luhrmann directed a Marilyn Monroe biopic, this is what it would look at. The film is nonsense and all over the place, supporting characters are cartoons, and the lead performance holds it all together. I totally see why people are/will hate it; but I am not people. Expand
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DavidNarlochSep 30, 2022
This film is the victim of inaccurate expectations. A lot of very basic people with mainstream tastes are clicking on it because it's ostensibly about Marilyn Monroe and then leaving low IQ reviews. Most of the criticisms of this film areThis film is the victim of inaccurate expectations. A lot of very basic people with mainstream tastes are clicking on it because it's ostensibly about Marilyn Monroe and then leaving low IQ reviews. Most of the criticisms of this film are attacking it for failing to be what it never was: a realistic biopic. It's called 'Blonde', not 'The Marilyn Monroe Story'. It's not meant to be a traditional fleshed-out biography, so steer clear if that's what you're looking for. It is the (often nightmarish) subjective experience of someone who, despite achieving the apex of fame and public adoration, committed suicide after a life of trauma. The film seeks the reasons for that; so yes, it's dark and intense--as it should be. Anyone who's been an addict or suffered mental illness will probably relate. Great performances and gorgeously dreamlike cinematography create precise tones and moods. It's obnoxious to see all the reviewers calling the film exploitative for putting Ana de Armas' body on display--the real Monroe was unashamed of her body and frequently nude in her public and private life so it's hardly gratuitous to depict that important reality of her personality. In an interview she said "we are all born sexual creatures, thank God. It's a pity so many people despise and crush this natural gift." Maybe because it's rated NC-17, people are expecting an erotic thriller, but anyone just watching this for cheap titillation will click off after 10 minutes. If you don't have the mental fortitude for a 3 hour art film, go choose from the wide array of generic Hollywood product that's out there for you. Expand
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AJ_13Sep 28, 2022
THE GOOD: What a performance by Ana de Armas! Definitely the best of 2022 (as today). I loved Dominik's maximalist style. So extreme, violent and hard to watch. Totally get why some could hate it.

THE BAD: A bit overlong and repetitive, 160
THE GOOD: What a performance by Ana de Armas! Definitely the best of 2022 (as today). I loved Dominik's maximalist style. So extreme, violent and hard to watch. Totally get why some could hate it.

THE BAD: A bit overlong and repetitive, 160 minutes of watching someone crying could exhaust the viewer. Some dialogues felt theatral or unnatural.
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VicFerrariSep 30, 2022
Not so much a film about Marilyn Monroe, rather a dark AF exploration of the female experience using Norma Jean's life as a template. And as with Dominik's previous masterpiece 'Killing Them Softly' an excoriation of the American Dream. ToNot so much a film about Marilyn Monroe, rather a dark AF exploration of the female experience using Norma Jean's life as a template. And as with Dominik's previous masterpiece 'Killing Them Softly' an excoriation of the American Dream. To embody the dreams of others can be a waking nightmare. Ana de Armas dazzles in an emotionally devastating performance. Too long? Maybe. It's exhausting. But this isn't Top Gun (thank Jeebus). What a sad cultural moment when critics and audiences turn their back on real cinema in favour of jingoistic bullsh*t and juvenile fantasies. In a way we are collectively caught in puerile dream just like Marilyn in the 50s. Wake the f*ck up. Expand
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Kimberly16Sep 30, 2022
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Beautiful film. De Armas performance was amazing Expand
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arrivistOct 1, 2022
Another masterwork by master filmmaker Andrew Dominik. I can see why Netflix didn't want to release it because it's not spoonfed garbage for infants. Like Killing Them Softly, Blonde needs to be seen more than once before it's judged. P.SAnother masterwork by master filmmaker Andrew Dominik. I can see why Netflix didn't want to release it because it's not spoonfed garbage for infants. Like Killing Them Softly, Blonde needs to be seen more than once before it's judged. P.S
Look up Mary Pinchot Meyer.
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HabibiehakimOct 1, 2022
Blonde is nothing like i've ever seen before, fact or fiction i've never seen a movie that for the most part loosely based on somebody's life where there is legit no happiness at all in it, all fascinating yet super depressing, Andrew DominikBlonde is nothing like i've ever seen before, fact or fiction i've never seen a movie that for the most part loosely based on somebody's life where there is legit no happiness at all in it, all fascinating yet super depressing, Andrew Dominik direction was just phenomenal, and Ana De Armas just giving it all of her best work into it, salute and thumbs way up for her portrayal, she was incredible, she was amazing, and she definitely deserve an oscar for this role, Blonde is a gorgeous looking picture with long fascinating depressing ride that fills with beautiful sad presentation also an amazing editing and cinematography and an extraordinary performance by the lead and the rest of the cast, makes it one of the most thrilling movie that came out this year, entertaining in a depressing way, fascinating, beautiful, sad, incredible, controversial, shocking and relentlessly brutal, it's simply one of the best films of the year, and the aura of true cinema magic is here again! Expand
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djchestybumpsOct 2, 2022
I'm not sure what movie others watched for it to get this rating? I watch a lot of movies, all genres, but don't review often. Perhaps this was all a bit uncomfortable for some? I found this movie to be a poignant and all-too-common story.I'm not sure what movie others watched for it to get this rating? I watch a lot of movies, all genres, but don't review often. Perhaps this was all a bit uncomfortable for some? I found this movie to be a poignant and all-too-common story. The fact that she was famous was almost secondary as I found myself reflecting on how utterly vulnerable she was. This movie did not look away. Congratulations, one of the best movies I've seen. Expand
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BlackIsleOct 4, 2022
An excellent film. The film deals with difficult subject-matter. Not for the squeamish.
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Murphydh1Oct 3, 2022
Blonde has taken license with Marylins biography but deals with her issue and background much more in depth than previous "documenteries" It skillfully and with an artistic, cineramic skill tells her storyand deals with the times she livedBlonde has taken license with Marylins biography but deals with her issue and background much more in depth than previous "documenteries" It skillfully and with an artistic, cineramic skill tells her storyand deals with the times she lived in. Marylin Monroe deserves better than a Ken Burns Bio Pic. Blonde may not be a 10 but it deserves a solid thumbs up Expand
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Jh0973Sep 29, 2022
Very dark psychological drama but very much needed as it shows how lonely and volnurable she was and how those who were supposed to protect and love her abused or used her. It does provoke a discussion on her identity suggesting that what weVery dark psychological drama but very much needed as it shows how lonely and volnurable she was and how those who were supposed to protect and love her abused or used her. It does provoke a discussion on her identity suggesting that what we saw on the silver screen might not be who she really was. An
oscar performance by Ana de Armas.
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Greenhouse_hSep 27, 2022
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Phenomenal movie man Ana was just **** amazing. What a great masterpiece I love it Expand
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JoA1973Sep 28, 2022
Fans who hold Marilyn Monroe as some Hollywood deity aren't going to like this story. Not that she's the villain, but that she was such a damaged victim. Ana de Armas is very good in this. Yes its racy, and unflinching, but its refreshing toFans who hold Marilyn Monroe as some Hollywood deity aren't going to like this story. Not that she's the villain, but that she was such a damaged victim. Ana de Armas is very good in this. Yes its racy, and unflinching, but its refreshing to see her story told with so much of the glamour stripped away. In a sense, this may be how Norma would have wanted her story told. Expand
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bhappenstanceSep 28, 2022
By no means a perfect film -- falling somewhere between Dominik's stellar The Assassination of Jessie James..., and the overly-sombre Killing Them Softly -- Blonde packs more ambition, and singularly fascinating moments, into its run timeBy no means a perfect film -- falling somewhere between Dominik's stellar The Assassination of Jessie James..., and the overly-sombre Killing Them Softly -- Blonde packs more ambition, and singularly fascinating moments, into its run time than ten other movies combined. Blonde is, as with most of Dominik's efforts, unsurprisingly divisive, given that it implicates both the media, and us -- the audience -- in Monroe's unraveling and demise. (A more apt title might have been "The Male Gaze: The Movie.") Further, Blonde barely bothers situating its events in anything resembling a comprehensible order (besides being basically chronological), or segueing between periods and events in Monroe's life (as any self-respecting biopic would), or providing proper introductions to new characters, much less bidding farewell to departing ones. In short, Dominik doesn't hold anyone's hand. F**k hand holding. The overall effect, then, is a mesmerizing fever dream; as devastating as a sudden death. While in no way to everyone's taste -- more likely not to most viewers' taste -- Blonde deserves an audience. A patient and attentive and curious audience. And de Armas should win all the awards. Expand
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LulaReikiSep 29, 2022
great effort to make a film based on such an extensive and complex work. Excellent editing and direction and spectacular Ana de Armas
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sassymahSep 25, 2022
Blonde is clearly dealing with review bombing and a bias. Ana de Armas deserves an Oscar nomination for her gripping, soulful, raw, mesmerizing, and beautiful portrayal of Marilyn
Monroe. It is the best performance I
have seen in 2022 so far.
Blonde is clearly dealing with review bombing and a bias. Ana de Armas deserves an Oscar nomination for her gripping, soulful, raw, mesmerizing, and beautiful portrayal of Marilyn
Monroe. It is the best performance I
have seen in 2022 so far. The film is a masterpiece and Andrew Dominiks magnum opus. It has a beautiful original score by Nick Cave and strong performances from the entire cast. It is a harrowing film with a tragic and poetic mystical aura.

The book Blonde was written by a woman named Joyce Carol Oates and is viewed as historical fiction. It was nominated for several awards including a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The movie Blonde is a masterful piece of art that mirrors the novel faithfully but with an avant garde sort of approach. Showing a person's or character's pain is NOT exploiting or **** or victimizing them. I find this malicious spin against the film ludicrous and abusive in itself. The male gaze spin is beyond stupid considering the film is compassionate towards Monroe and an indictment against the men who mistreated her. Marilyn is depicted as a glorious, talented, and beautiful figure marred by mental health issues and abuse. That was her reality and Marilyn Monroe in real life, described herself as miserable. It is a pathway to call out the toxicity that existed in Hollywood. Marilyn Monroe is viewed as a feminist empowerment icon in this edgy and provocative seminal film.
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LatinCritic13Sep 30, 2022
Two words that describe Andrew Dominik's Blonde: Holy **** Blonde is gorgeous, devastating, and shockingly beautiful all around as Ana de Armas gave her best performance of her career. I could see Oscar waving hi to Ana next year as sheTwo words that describe Andrew Dominik's Blonde: Holy **** Blonde is gorgeous, devastating, and shockingly beautiful all around as Ana de Armas gave her best performance of her career. I could see Oscar waving hi to Ana next year as she triumphs her role as Marilyn Monroe. I guess that NC-17 rating says it all and let's just say watch it at your own risk. Just be warned though, this movie is not a very pleasant watch as some events revolving Norma Jeane's life is fictionalized. Expand
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SoyddSep 30, 2022
Excellent movie, with a powerful message about abortion and the terrible effects of these terrible practices, which not only destroy the life of an innocent being but also of the mother.
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Core_ConflictSep 30, 2022
The movie is like one long nightmare. But a towering performance from Ana de Armas! The movie is based a novel, Blonde, which is a meditation on Marilyn Monroe. It's not based on fact. The writer/director creates a film that's pure arthouse.The movie is like one long nightmare. But a towering performance from Ana de Armas! The movie is based a novel, Blonde, which is a meditation on Marilyn Monroe. It's not based on fact. The writer/director creates a film that's pure arthouse. Imagine, if you will, a dreamy David Lynch movie. It comes off like Lynch channeling Roman Polanski's Repulsion. Say what you will about the film's structure (the opening 17 minutes could have been edited down, for instance), but Armas deserves an Oscar for her vulnerable performance. She is truly a candle in the wind. There's not a single scene in this movie where she's not spectacular. I'm giving this film a 10 for her performance. Expand
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apope2016Sep 30, 2022
A captivating and towering work through the looking glass of the sad and depressing reflections of the life of Norma Jean. The incendiary reactions to the movie is at odds with its number 1 viewership on Netflix and its nearly 60% audienceA captivating and towering work through the looking glass of the sad and depressing reflections of the life of Norma Jean. The incendiary reactions to the movie is at odds with its number 1 viewership on Netflix and its nearly 60% audience rating on google. It appears the critics have trashed the movie because they desire to see the fake and happy vision of Norma Jean portrayed in the movies. Perhaps, a true reflection deep into the mind of Norma Jean would find society disliking of the dark abyss that recedes deep into the mind of a woman tormented by mental illness. I would challenge detractors to explain what would make this movie so bad? Is it because of bad acting? The answer would be no. Even the harshest critics would say it is not a bad acted movie. Is it because of story? Well, I suppose a story that is bad would be hard to understand or boring to watch. None of this is true of ‘Blonde’. What we are left with then (from detractors) is a movie that is well acted, well produced, with a captivating and gripping story. What makes it "bad" is the never ending saga of torment and sadness. What critics hate about this movie is not how the movie is "made" but the unrelenting mind behind it… the mind of a women who was so tortured by her experiences that she took her own life. The critics could not stomach three hours of this saga… but just imagine Norma Jean living it every day of her entire life. Expand
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RinoTheBouncerSep 29, 2022
I watched Blonde last night. I was impressed by it, especially the incredible cinematography and the non-traditional way of telling a story, or better say portraying a character’s feelings in an unconventional way. It reminded me so much ofI watched Blonde last night. I was impressed by it, especially the incredible cinematography and the non-traditional way of telling a story, or better say portraying a character’s feelings in an unconventional way. It reminded me so much of Spencer, in sense that it’s less of a biography and more of a psychological thriller filmed from the perspective of Marilyn herself to portray what it felt like to be her.

What I didn’t like was how it made some weird jumps in time without much explanation or details as to how she got to that point, how she met said person and why things went the way they did, not to mention how some things are almost completely made up. However, thinking about it as a movie from the perspective of a mentally troubled and traumatized person suffering under the exploitation of the spotlight makes me forgive the lack of authenticity in its storytelling. it’s like she’s on a train through some kind of an apocalypse and she can’t even make sense of things as they happen and all she remembers is the feelings, not the actual events or the people.

It’s not a biopic, its not a story of Marilyn Monroe’s factual life events, it’s an art house psychological thriller/horror about Hollywood and the way it creates celebrities, and proceeds to market, exploit and dismantle them in the most horrific way, as seen through the eyes of one of the most beautiful, most popular, most misunderstood and most traumatized celebrities in the world.
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ImaninjaOct 1, 2022
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Yes this movie is 3 hours long. Yes skips ahead and going from color to black and white feels a little disjointed at times. Very much so this movie is disturbing and uncomfortable to watch at times. Being said I haven't seen a movie this bold in a long time. The cinematography is fantastic with art as the main goal. The acting is suburb especially ana de armas. Words like stunning and brave don't mean anything anymore but she literally laid herself bare for all to see. This movie intentionally makes u feel. It's more a high 8 low 9 outta 10 but just for the sheer courage to make a movie like this in 2022. lifts it. A must see for any who want to c what true film can do to u emotionally. This was an exercise in unabashed unapologetic film making excellence. Expand
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