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Shame (2011)



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

Movie Info

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 Sitemore
Rating: NC-17 (for some explicit sexual content)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Steve McQueen (III), Abi Morgan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 17, 2012
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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
Top Critic

By the time Brandon's quite literally cruising for a bruising, the film has no credibility left whatsoever.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

The ferocity of the performances and McQueen's formal relentlessness left me pulverized.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

A solid character study that is difficult to enjoy but hard not to appreciate.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

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… | June 23, 2013

Many may hail Shame as a voyeuristic masterpiece when in fact it's an empty provocation verging on the ludicrous.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Audience Reviews for Shame


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

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


review coming

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

Shame Quotes

Sissy: Mmm... mmm! So good!
– Submitted by Joshua N (2 years ago)
Sissy: We're not bad people. We just come from a bad place.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Brandon: How are you helping me? How are you helping me? You come in here and you're a weight on me, you're a burden, you just fucking dragging me down.
– Submitted by Matt D (3 years ago)
Sissy: Shithead.
– Submitted by Benjamin A (3 years ago)

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