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Shame Reviews

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Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
March 8, 2012
Not a film for everyone and it's not the best pick for Grandma's Sunday afternoon out. It's a challenging film but worth seeing for the combo of Fassbender and McQueen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
March 3, 2012
Estudo de personagem complexo e triste que tem como centro um homem para o qual o orgasmo se converteu apenas numa dose de sua droga favorita.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Aaron Yap
Flicks.co.nz
March 1, 2012
Shame's biggest failure is that it doesn't dig deep enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
February 27, 2012
It is hard not to use an excess of superlatives for Shame, and it is impossible to avoid the chestnut "it won't be for everybody". It's dark, even brutal, and it makes you examine parts of your own psyche that you might not love to dwell on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
February 21, 2012
Simple but not simplistic, McQueen explores what happens when a man's sexual addiction distracts him enough to delay responding to a cry for help from his sister
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 21, 2012
Shame explores depravation of another kind. Sexual perversion is the obsession of the protagonist, who can only find pleasure from the debauched
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
February 17, 2012
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
February 16, 2012
Shame smears the lines between daring and taunting, and art versus indulgence. When it ends there's the urge to take a shower, and not a cold one.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
February 9, 2012
McQueen again proves that he is not averse to breaking taboos while exploring the uncomfortable and unthinkable. Nor is he afraid of stirring up a little fear and loathing in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
February 7, 2012
It may be hard to sympathise with a man as well endowed and frequently bed-bound as Brandon, but Shame's success rests on its ability to rise above controversial talking points and be a thoughtful character drama about the lengths people go to dull pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
February 6, 2012
Despite the themes of detachment Shame is somehow also a beautiful film with just enough warm light glowing around the screen's edges to keep the audience entranced.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
February 5, 2012
McQueen's film is breathtaking in its execution. Fassbender delivers his finest performance yet. Why he hasn't received the expected Oscar rubs remains a mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
February 4, 2012
The story is fascinating in itself but it's Steve McQueen's careful direction that gives it a seductive, hypnotic edge.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
February 3, 2012
Searing performances breathe life into this NC-17-rated portrait of a sex addict.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 2, 2012
Proves the old John Waters adage that the establishment thinks it is O.K. to have graphic sex scenes in movies, as long as the participants don't seem to be enjoying it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
January 29, 2012
McQueen accomplishes no small feat by keeping our attention as we wait to wake up from Brandon's nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
January 26, 2012
Michael Fassbender gives a harrowing and haunting performance, a revealing portrait both physically and at its emotional core.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 23, 2012
The genitals are exposed while the motivations are mysterious in 'Shame,' an elegantly composed but overwrought film about a man who wants to f(ornicate) away the pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 20, 2012
Fassbender was compelling as Rochester in Jane Eyre, as Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method and especially as Magneto in X-Men: First Class, but it was his role in Shame that allowed him to most fully expose himself, in more ways than one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
January 20, 2012
An exercise in sadness so deep and aching that it's like plunging ever downward into a midnight-black lake and never touching the bottom.
| Original Score: A
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