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Boasting stellar performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, Shame is a powerful plunge into the mania of addiction affliction.



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Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment stirring memories of their shared painful past, Brandon's insular life spirals out of control. -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Shame

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  • 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 | Full Review…
  • The film is a raw, unsparing look at the downside of humanity.

    Jan 20, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • With tremendous performances from Fassbender and Mulligan, and such superb technique from McQueen, this is a horrible inferno.

    Jan 12, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • By turns raw, elegant and uncompromising. An assured companion piece to Hunger, if not a significant progression.

    Jan 12, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It reconfirms McQueen as a filmmaker with an unflinching, microscopic gaze on the world.

    Jan 10, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

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  • Few filmmakers have plumbed the soul-churning depths of sexual addiction as fearlessly as British director Steve McQueen has in Shame.

    Dec 29, 2011 | Full Review…

    Justin Chang

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Audience Reviews for Shame

A close and realistic look at the fact that the worst terror in life happens inside a soul. Fassbender and Mulligan are two grownups, brother and sister, trying to a) be normal while b) dealing with some unspeakable familial trauma from their childhood that absolutely wrecked their psyches. Both are drowning and neither has a working solution. There's little to be hopeful for. This stark portrayal of real life might be too harrowing for some, but the power of the artistry presenting this reality cannot be denied.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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An unpretentious, devastating character study that takes a disturbing look at sexual addiction with magnificent performances by Fassbender and Mulligan, and is directed with absolute control by Steve McQueen, who leaves no room for easy resolutions or happy endings.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Jens S.
Jens S.

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Wasn't quite what I was expecting but certainly a realistic look into a destructive addiction. Perhaps too intense at some points. Even though there were some parts that I felt dragged the film down a bit, I felt the film was pretty shocking and worth watching.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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