Shirley Reviews

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July 12, 2020
...in the end, it's mostly just an opportunity for Moss to channel her skills into a particularly venomous vessel.
July 12, 2020
Filled with a macabre and dreamlike narrative vision, Decker's Shirley pays homage to the great writer's vision whilst becoming a feminist fable of subjugated desires and the creative freedom that darkness brings to the forefront.
July 8, 2020
Decker and Gubbins zig just where you might expect them to zag - but for all their departures from fact, they're not bold enough to give the tale quite the kind of vicious twist Jackson herself could be counted on to deliver.
July 8, 2020
If you want to see acting at its finest, you can't get much better than what Elisabeth Moss does here.
July 8, 2020
Jackson's work was far weirder and darker than Decker's film. It's not without its own dark, weird charm though, and Young's performance is compelling enough to see you through.
July 6, 2020
Worth seeing for Moss's performance alone.
July 5, 2020
Elisabeth Moss delivers a powerful performance in this unconventional and enthralling biopic about the creative freedom and power of an artist. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 4, 2020
'Shirley' takes an art-house approach to Shirley Jackson biopic.
July 2, 2020
Although Moss qualifies as Decker's strongest asset, her celebrated writer nearly becomes a supporting character in her own story.
June 29, 2020
Shirley adds to the mystery of Jackson's life rather than unravelling it, making it all the more beguiling in the process.
June 26, 2020
This slow-burning psychological thriller is meant to reflect its subject's work so if you're not familiar with the writer (Shirley Jackson), it might come off as needlessly predacious and ugly.
June 26, 2020
Aside from appreciating the fine acting of Moss, Stuhlbarg, and Young, I found "Shirley" to be a great disappointment. That said, it did inspire me to reread "The Lottery," which is something I can wholeheartedly recommend.
June 25, 2020
A deep, delicate portrait of a complex, complicated woman.
June 25, 2020
Based on the novel by Susan Scarf Merrell, Shirley is above all a meditation on the desperation, both quiet and not so much, that so often marks the lives of women.
June 23, 2020
...isn't a masterful film, but it suggests that Decker has one in her.
June 23, 2020
Revisiting the psychopathic writer and friends and family, director Josephine Decker spends too much time rehashing past treatments.
June 23, 2020
'Shirley' imagines the unconventional woman as societal terrorist, capable of profound, delectable corruption.
June 20, 2020
Stuhlbarg's Stanley is creepy without dulling his charisma, and Moss' Shirley is one of those taut-pitched performances that demand awards-season mention.
June 19, 2020
By defying standard biopic conventions, Shirley offers an inspired portrait well-turned with its protagonist's inventive mindset.
June 19, 2020
Anchored by spellbinding performances from its entire core cast, Shirley is a dreamy and unconventional exploration of a creative force whose life and work was anything but conventional.
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