The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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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.
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.
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.