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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Critic Reviews for Shame
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?
By the time Brandon's quite literally cruising for a bruising, the film has no credibility left whatsoever.
The ferocity of the performances and McQueen's formal relentlessness left me pulverized.
A solid character study that is difficult to enjoy but hard not to appreciate.
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.
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.
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.
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