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Shame Reviews

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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.
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
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
August 25, 2012
As Chuck D put it back in '88, don't believe the hype.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 2, 2011
It presents us with moment after moment clearly meant to alarm and then gives the impression of looking down its nose at us for having the intended reaction.
March 1, 2012
Shame's biggest failure is that it doesn't dig deep enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 4, 2012
So much of it is ambiguous and vague, it's almost as if McQueen didn't fully think it through.
January 9, 2018
Shame wears its emptiness like a badge of honor; McQueen is trying for banal blankness, and though he succeeds in that respect, you kind of wish that a filmmaker would aspire to do more than just say nothing.
December 1, 2011
This one simply recycles art-movie cliches about urban alienation and passionless sex.
October 7, 2015
By the time Brandon's quite literally cruising for a bruising, the film has no credibility left whatsoever.
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
December 1, 2011
There is a good movie to be made about someone like Brandon, especially with someone like Fassbender, a performer of exceptional technical facility and a fascinating sense of reserve. McQueen's isn't quite it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
November 23, 2011
(Fassbender gives a) fully-committed performance... (but) "Shame" tends to wallow in its graphic sex scenes rather than provide any illumination or redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 30, 2011
The director has delusions of grandeur and the story squishes when it walks.
December 1, 2011
It's a soulless, distancing portrait set against a bland elite Manhattan universe of sleek high-rises and glamorous bars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 5, 2011
Shame is a noxious porridge of porn and pointlessness. It's a penis in search of a plot. Its protagonist is a masturbating cipher.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 13, 2011
Crossing the line into pornography never seemed so simultaneously safe and repressed.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 17, 2012
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 5, 2011
It's a disturbing, exploitive, depressing dirge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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