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Shame (2011)

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Critic Consensus: Boasting stellar performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, Shame is a powerful plunge into the mania of addiction affliction.

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Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment stirring memories of their shared painful past, Brandon's insular life spirals out of control. -- (C) Official Site

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Cast

Hannah Ware
as Samantha
Lucy Walters
as Pretty subway girl
Marta Milans
as Cocktail Waitress
Charisse Merman
as Live Chat Woman
Amy Hargreaves
as Hotel Lover
Chazz Menendez
as Muscular Boyfriend
Carl Low
as Bouncer
Calamity Chang
as Late Night Lover #1
DeeDee Luxe
as Late Night Lover #2
Wenne Alton Davis
as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for Shame

All Critics (199) | Top Critics (45)

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?

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
The New Republic
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The film is a raw, unsparing look at the downside of humanity.

Full Review… | January 20, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It reconfirms McQueen as a filmmaker with an unflinching, microscopic gaze on the world.

Full Review… | January 10, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Few filmmakers have plumbed the soul-churning depths of sexual addiction as fearlessly as British director Steve McQueen has in Shame.

Full Review… | December 29, 2011
Variety
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Shame is something of a dirty date that leaves you wondering what went wrong.

Full Review… | December 16, 2011
Detroit News
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[Fassbender is] so good as a man completely lost to his baser impulses that it makes "Shame" worth sitting through. Enjoying? That's a relative term. But you'll certainly appreciate it.

Full Review… | December 15, 2011
Arizona Republic
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Audience Reviews for Shame

½

An unpretentious, devastating character study that takes a disturbing look at sexual addiction with magnificent performances by Fassbender and Mulligan, and is directed with absolute control by Steve McQueen, who leaves no room for easy resolutions or happy endings.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

review coming

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

½

Wasn't quite what I was expecting but certainly a realistic look into a destructive addiction. Perhaps too intense at some points. Even though there were some parts that I felt dragged the film down a bit, I felt the film was pretty shocking and worth watching.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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