Shirley Reviews

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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.
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 23, 2020
Revisiting the psychopathic writer and friends and family, director Josephine Decker spends too much time rehashing past treatments.
June 15, 2020
A confusing story that does not gain confidence as it develops. Jackson's legacy seems strangely secondary. [Full review in Spanish].
June 15, 2020
In Shirley, it's too often the bad husbands driving the lost girls mad; I had hoped for something much stranger.
June 14, 2020
While the film's quest to irk is regularly fulfilled and Elisabeth Moss shines as the titular author, the pretentious pomp of the onscreen academics and the overall lack of thrills makes this "thriller" a promising dud.
June 12, 2020
I wish I liked Shirley better. The brazen weirdness of the film makes me want to root for it. The core thematic element that condemns masculine domination of artistic spaces is great. The music is-it cannot be stressed enough-divine. But it never gels.
June 8, 2020
Resembles a Terrence Malick film edited by a distracted tween.
June 8, 2020
...billed as a drama and a thriller. Drama, yes. Thrills, no.
June 8, 2020
It's easy to admire the performances without feeling like the journey adds up to much. While Moss captures the complexity of Shirley's personality, the movie sheds scant light on the underlying why of it all.
June 8, 2020
At the end of the day, Shirley is a well-made but disappointingly generic tale that doesn't have anything particularly interesting to say about Shirley Jackson or anyone else, for that matter, and it's a damn shame.
June 5, 2020
Shirley stands as a clear work of artistic ambition, but one that doesn't seem fully to have mixed the ingredients of its odd brew.
June 5, 2020
The picture isn't without interest, but it's artsy and jumbled, and it feels interminable.
June 5, 2020
Obtuse and erratic, Shirley an uncomfortable sit, but Moss's performance as the elusive writer is compelling.
June 5, 2020
Earns an A for ambition but a grade average lowered by prolixity, pomposity, murky complexity and an excess of perversity.
June 5, 2020
[T]he movie, unfortunately ... comes up a bit short in terms of insight about its subjects and subject matter.
June 5, 2020
Elisabeth Moss is the reason to see this dreary drama about a literary icon that is far more fiction than fact.
June 5, 2020
As it stands, Shirley fails to fully capture Jackson's brilliance -- or even Moss's -- even as it attempts to echo the style of one of her shadowy stories, but if it inspires greater interest in the author and the filmmaker, I'd call that a win.
June 3, 2020
Whatever sophisticated point Decker and screenwriter Sarah Gubbins aim for here is undone by its pretentious academic characters, whose arrogant droning would make you switch seats if you were next to them at a coffee shop.
June 3, 2020
If this rather mundane story and movie can keep you even remotely invested for more than 10 or 15 minutes, then good on you.
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