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Shame Reviews

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September 8, 2017
Cleverly written and beautifully portrayed, Shame is a sensitive look at sex and addiction we've rarely seen before in film.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
September 1, 2017
Unfortunately, with all the deep pluses Shame serves up, its clumsy minuses are too glaring and unpardonable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 21, 2017
. . .the final questions lingers, what exactly is the point? Are we meant to pity poor driven Brandon, always at the mercy of his own appetite, or celebrate his rejection/revoking of desire.
August 21, 2017
The ambiguity of the man perched on a physical, emotional, and spiritual cliff is what makes McQueen's film an excruciating yet captivating film.
October 5, 2016
Michael Fassbender is everywhere right now for a reason: his performance is fantastic.
October 7, 2015
By the time Brandon's quite literally cruising for a bruising, the film has no credibility left whatsoever.
May 3, 2015
The ferocity of the performances and McQueen's formal relentlessness left me pulverized.
June 30, 2013
A solid character study that is difficult to enjoy but hard not to appreciate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
June 23, 2013
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 | Original Score: A-
June 20, 2013
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
Many may hail Shame as a voyeuristic masterpiece when in fact it's an empty provocation verging on the ludicrous.
April 21, 2013
Shame has the problems that accompany most films in which the director sticks his neck out. It's not incoherent, but will seem underdeveloped for viewers who want plots and characters spelled out for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 14, 2013
It's another great performance from the star who appears now to have mastered the fed-up stare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 4, 2013
A provocative and uncompromising study of a man haunted by sexual addiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 28, 2012
Rarely has a movie been so sexual without being remotely sexy. Rarely has a guy who might be admired in a sex comedy as a "playa" seemed more pathetic with each fresh conquest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2012
Steve McQueen delivers an experience that simultaneously offers beautiful filmmaking and a welcome punch to the gut.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 28, 2012
Shame is a snapshot of a tumultuous life, shot without judgement and censure - the fascinating story of a man who seemingly has everything and nothing both at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 15, 2012
Shame is an elegant, art-tinged character study that that will hover in your psyche for a long time after you see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
August 25, 2012
As Chuck D put it back in '88, don't believe the hype.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 24, 2012
Shame will probably be judged, after McQueen's long career is put into perspective many years hence, a relatively minor work by a gifted filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
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