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Shame Reviews

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Andy Lea
Daily Star
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-
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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.
Aaron Yap
March 1, 2012
Shame's biggest failure is that it doesn't dig deep enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
January 4, 2012
So much of it is ambiguous and vague, it's almost as if McQueen didn't fully think it through.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
December 1, 2011
This one simply recycles art-movie cliches about urban alienation and passionless sex.
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
By the time Brandon's quite literally cruising for a bruising, the film has no credibility left whatsoever.
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
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
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
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-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 30, 2011
The director has delusions of grandeur and the story squishes when it walks.
Robert Levin
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
Tony Macklin
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
Cole Smithey
November 13, 2011
Crossing the line into pornography never seemed so simultaneously safe and repressed.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
February 17, 2012
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
December 5, 2011
It's a disturbing, exploitive, depressing dirge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 29, 2011
Was that an angel of hope riding to work on the Lexington Avenue local? Does the Lord really live in this cold, ethereal New York City? And is anyone even interested?
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 30, 2011
The biggest surprise in Shame is how distanced, passionless, and merely skin-deep the director's attention is - how little he cares about the subject of his own movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 8, 2011
There's a misery in Fassbender that's spellbinding. I rolled my eyes for most of "Shame.'' But never at him.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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