Reviews

Aug 28, 2019
Shame is, indeed, a perfect distillation of the suffering-guy archetype.
Sep 8, 2017
Cleverly written and beautifully portrayed, Shame is a sensitive look at sex and addiction we've rarely seen before in film.
Jun 20, 2013
The film's numb attitude assumes that Brandon's problem is beyond reach or rescue. So why are we watching, except for high-tone misery and something close to pornography?
Jun 20, 2013
Many may hail Shame as a voyeuristic masterpiece when in fact it's an empty provocation verging on the ludicrous.
Jan 27, 2012
It is an exercise in controlled primeval cinematic chaos, the filmmaker going places and showcasing facets of the human conditions many would run screaming in the opposite direction to get away from.
Jan 20, 2012
The film is a raw, unsparing look at the downside of humanity.
Jan 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.
Jan 12, 2012
No one will fail to find, in this strange, disturbing jewel, some reflecting facet of himself or herself.
Jan 12, 2012
With tremendous performances from Fassbender and Mulligan, and such superb technique from McQueen, this is a horrible inferno.
Jan 12, 2012
By turns raw, elegant and uncompromising. An assured companion piece to Hunger, if not a significant progression.
Jan 10, 2012
It reconfirms McQueen as a filmmaker with an unflinching, microscopic gaze on the world.
Jan 9, 2012
Brave, beautifully acted and emotionally revealing - an early strong contender for the most provocative and compelling film of the year.
Dec 29, 2011
Few filmmakers have plumbed the soul-churning depths of sexual addiction as fearlessly as British director Steve McQueen has in Shame.
Dec 17, 2011
Fassbender performs his role of the addict with a suave attitude that doesn't make you hate the guy. At first you envy him -- by the end, you pity him.
Dec 16, 2011
Shame is something of a dirty date that leaves you wondering what went wrong.
Dec 16, 2011
Equally harrowing and heartrending, Shame is a film that feels akin to going into battle, and I for one didn't emerge unscathed.
Dec 15, 2011
[Fassbender is] so good as a man completely lost to his baser impulses that it makes "Shame" worth sitting through. Enjoying? That's a relative term. But you'll certainly appreciate it.
Dec 14, 2011
You don't just watch Shame: You feel it, too.
Dec 9, 2011
A serious character study and exploration of addiction.
Dec 8, 2011
[A] graphic and spontaneous portrait of a spiraling sex addict.