Shame Reviews

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August 28, 2019
Shame is, indeed, a perfect distillation of the suffering-guy archetype.
June 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?
January 20, 2012
The film is a raw, unsparing look at the downside of humanity.
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.
January 12, 2012
No one will fail to find, in this strange, disturbing jewel, some reflecting facet of himself or herself.
January 12, 2012
With tremendous performances from Fassbender and Mulligan, and such superb technique from McQueen, this is a horrible inferno.
January 12, 2012
By turns raw, elegant and uncompromising. An assured companion piece to Hunger, if not a significant progression.
January 10, 2012
It reconfirms McQueen as a filmmaker with an unflinching, microscopic gaze on the world.
December 29, 2011
Few filmmakers have plumbed the soul-churning depths of sexual addiction as fearlessly as British director Steve McQueen has in Shame.
December 16, 2011
Shame is something of a dirty date that leaves you wondering what went wrong.
December 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.
December 14, 2011
You don't just watch Shame: You feel it, too.
December 8, 2011
[A] graphic and spontaneous portrait of a spiraling sex addict.
December 8, 2011
Ultimately "Shame" emerges as a sex tragedy, and a story without an end; it stays with you, like the film's frequent cold rain, hard to watch and harder to forget.
December 8, 2011
McQueen finds the exquisite tension between the brother wanting to disconnect and the sister longing for connection.
December 8, 2011
There's a misery in Fassbender that's spellbinding. I rolled my eyes for most of "Shame.'' But never at him.
December 2, 2011
Despite the impression you may have gotten strolling some of the Internet's more giggly avenues, the most riveting part of Michael Fassbender's anatomy in Shame is his face.
Top Critic
December 2, 2011
It was frantic sex that earned Shame an NC-17 rating, but this arty drama is mostly slow and methodical. And thoroughly unsexy.
December 2, 2011
Yes, this is an affecting picture that leaves the viewer as wrung out as the protagonist. No doubt you'll be seduced but, in the end, you may also feel abandoned.
December 2, 2011
On a par with "Midnight Cowboy."
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