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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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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
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All Critics (214) | Top Critics (49)

  • 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?

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

    Jan 20, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • With tremendous performances from Fassbender and Mulligan, and such superb technique from McQueen, this is a horrible inferno.

    Jan 12, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • By turns raw, elegant and uncompromising. An assured companion piece to Hunger, if not a significant progression.

    Jan 12, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It reconfirms McQueen as a filmmaker with an unflinching, microscopic gaze on the world.

    Jan 10, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    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.

    Dec 29, 2011 | Full Review…

    Justin Chang

    Top Critic

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