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Shame Reviews

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Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Estudo de personagem complexo e triste que tem como centro um homem para o qual o orgasmo se converteu apenas numa dose de sua droga favorita.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 4/5

March 3, 2012
Aaron Yap

Shame's biggest failure is that it doesn't dig deep enough.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

March 1, 2012
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

It is hard not to use an excess of superlatives for Shame, and it is impossible to avoid the chestnut "it won't be for everybody". It's dark, even brutal, and it makes you examine parts of your own psyche that you might not love to dwell on.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

February 27, 2012
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Simple but not simplistic, McQueen explores what happens when a man's sexual addiction distracts him enough to delay responding to a cry for help from his sister

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

February 21, 2012
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Shame explores depravation of another kind. Sexual perversion is the obsession of the protagonist, who can only find pleasure from the debauched

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

February 21, 2012
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 2/5

February 17, 2012
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

Shame smears the lines between daring and taunting, and art versus indulgence. When it ends there's the urge to take a shower, and not a cold one.

Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times | Original Score: C

February 16, 2012
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

McQueen again proves that he is not averse to breaking taboos while exploring the uncomfortable and unthinkable. Nor is he afraid of stirring up a little fear and loathing in the process.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

February 9, 2012
Simon Miraudo

It may be hard to sympathise with a man as well endowed and frequently bed-bound as Brandon, but Shame's success rests on its ability to rise above controversial talking points and be a thoughtful character drama about the lengths people go to dull pain.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4/5

February 7, 2012
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Despite the themes of detachment Shame is somehow also a beautiful film with just enough warm light glowing around the screen's edges to keep the audience entranced.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 4/5

February 6, 2012
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald

McQueen's film is breathtaking in its execution. Fassbender delivers his finest performance yet. Why he hasn't received the expected Oscar rubs remains a mystery.

Full Review Source: The Sun Herald | Original Score: 9/10

February 5, 2012
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

The story is fascinating in itself but it's Steve McQueen's careful direction that gives it a seductive, hypnotic edge.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: A

February 4, 2012
Mike Scott

Searing performances breathe life into this NC-17-rated portrait of a sex addict.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 3, 2012
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Proves the old John Waters adage that the establishment thinks it is O.K. to have graphic sex scenes in movies, as long as the participants don't seem to be enjoying it.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C

February 2, 2012
Dan Lybarger
KC Active

McQueen accomplishes no small feat by keeping our attention as we wait to wake up from Brandon's nightmare.

Full Review Source: KC Active | Original Score: 4/5

January 29, 2012
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Michael Fassbender gives a harrowing and haunting performance, a revealing portrait both physically and at its emotional core.

Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 4/5

January 26, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The genitals are exposed while the motivations are mysterious in 'Shame,' an elegantly composed but overwrought film about a man who wants to f(ornicate) away the pain.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 23, 2012
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Fassbender was compelling as Rochester in Jane Eyre, as Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method and especially as Magneto in X-Men: First Class, but it was his role in Shame that allowed him to most fully expose himself, in more ways than one.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

January 20, 2012
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

An exercise in sadness so deep and aching that it's like plunging ever downward into a midnight-black lake and never touching the bottom.

Full Review Source: Fresno Bee | Original Score: A

January 20, 2012
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The film is a raw, unsparing look at the downside of humanity.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 4/4

January 20, 2012
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