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Shame Reviews

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January 20, 2012
The film is a raw, unsparing look at the downside of humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 18, 2012
[A] bracing and unsettling film about sex addiction in New York that features a powerful central performance from Michael Fassbender.
January 16, 2012
What is shocking about Shame is the male vulnerability, the male weakness, the abject male misery we see onscreen. Movies simply don't do this. Movies protect the male ego...
January 16, 2012
Mulligan's Sissy sings a slowed-down version of 'New York, New York' that strips the song of brashness and bravado, turning it from an anthem of triumph into an admission of sadness and vulnerability.
January 15, 2012
The film is beautifully directed, stunningly shot and very well acted. ... But as an experience, it's not one I'd be wishing to repeat any time soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 15, 2012
Shame is a disturbing film that penetrates our minds and gets beneath our skins as we try to understand its characters.
January 13, 2012
...an admittedly uneven yet often spellbinding piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 13, 2012
It's McQueen's astonishing knack for layering thought itself into his images that really stuns, and Shame is packed with scenes which are both immaculately composed and seething with meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 12, 2012
This will leave you pondering it long after the credits have rolled.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 12, 2012
A scene where [Fassbender's] on the Tube checking out a woman, who just happens to be wearing a wedding ring, is chillingly clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 12, 2012
No one will fail to find, in this strange, disturbing jewel, some reflecting facet of himself or herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 12, 2012
Shame is powerfully acted and well directed, the Big Apple has never looked as harsh and unforgiving...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 12, 2012
With tremendous performances from Fassbender and Mulligan, and such superb technique from McQueen, this is a horrible inferno.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 12, 2012
By turns raw, elegant and uncompromising. An assured companion piece to Hunger, if not a significant progression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 11, 2012
A giant yawn that proves once again that sex as a cinematic subject is one colossal turn-off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 11, 2012
It's very bleak and depressing, especially all the explicit sex, which isn't in the least bit titillating. The real shame of the film is the waste of talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 11, 2012
The cyclical, self-destructive nature of addiction is vividly realised by McQueen, who directs with a frank confidence throughout...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 11, 2012
The key is Fassbender, who is terrifyingly good.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 10, 2012
It reconfirms McQueen as a filmmaker with an unflinching, microscopic gaze on the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 10, 2012
Fassbender's performance is at once comic and tragic, ferocious and sensitive, strange but remarkably common, the brutal buffoonery of the male face in orgasm.
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