Shame Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
The ferocity of the performances and McQueen's formal relentlessness left me pulverized.
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A solid character study that is difficult to enjoy but hard not to appreciate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
The New York City of "Shame" is a place so cold, so distanced, so removed from flesh-and-blood humanity, that it's the only place a man like Brandon can truly be alone.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 20, 2013
The film's numb attitude assumes that Brandon's problem is beyond reach or rescue. So why are we watching, except for high-tone misery and something close to pornography?
Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine
June 20, 2013
Many may hail Shame as a voyeuristic masterpiece when in fact it's an empty provocation verging on the ludicrous.
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2013
Shame has the problems that accompany most films in which the director sticks his neck out. It's not incoherent, but will seem underdeveloped for viewers who want plots and characters spelled out for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andy Lea
Daily Star
March 14, 2013
It's another great performance from the star who appears now to have mastered the fed-up stare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013
A provocative and uncompromising study of a man haunted by sexual addiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 28, 2012
Rarely has a movie been so sexual without being remotely sexy. Rarely has a guy who might be admired in a sex comedy as a "playa" seemed more pathetic with each fresh conquest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant
October 2, 2012
Steve McQueen delivers an experience that simultaneously offers beautiful filmmaking and a welcome punch to the gut.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
September 28, 2012
Shame is a snapshot of a tumultuous life, shot without judgement and censure - the fascinating story of a man who seemingly has everything and nothing both at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
Shame is an elegant, art-tinged character study that that will hover in your psyche for a long time after you see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
August 25, 2012
As Chuck D put it back in '88, don't believe the hype.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
July 24, 2012
Shame will probably be judged, after McQueen's long career is put into perspective many years hence, a relatively minor work by a gifted filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
Rhett Bartlett
Dial M For Movies
June 21, 2012
Fassbender and Mulligan give some of their finest work. The execution of this explicit film could however, have been handled smarter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
May 25, 2012
an in-your-face drama that offers an unflinching, realistic view of addiction
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
May 7, 2012
Una profunda exploración de conductas humanas complejas, captadas de manera inquieta y reveladora por el director Steve McQueen. Excelentes labores de Michael Fassbender y Carey Mulligan.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 29, 2012
As an evocation of cheerless ennui, Shame is unmatched. It's a chilly depiction of a sad, wounded monster who might plausibly walk among us. What a real-life Patrick Bateman might look like.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 26, 2012
Fassbender delivers a huge... sorry engorged...no that's not it um...SWOLLEN .... No LARGE...no utterly incredible, nuanced and compelling performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
April 14, 2012
It's good, but "Shame" can start to feel like you've walked in on a chronic masturbator one too many times.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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