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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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Critic Reviews for Shame

All Critics (211) | 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?

June 20, 2013 | Full Review…

The film is a raw, unsparing look at the downside of humanity.

January 20, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It reconfirms McQueen as a filmmaker with an unflinching, microscopic gaze on the world.

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

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

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

December 16, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

[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.

December 15, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shame

A close and realistic look at the fact that the worst terror in life happens inside a soul. Fassbender and Mulligan are two grownups, brother and sister, trying to a) be normal while b) dealing with some unspeakable familial trauma from their childhood that absolutely wrecked their psyches. Both are drowning and neither has a working solution. There's little to be hopeful for. This stark portrayal of real life might be too harrowing for some, but the power of the artistry presenting this reality cannot be denied.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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

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Jens S.

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