Shirley Reviews

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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.
June 18, 2020
The film is more attuned to the mood of Shirley Jackson's literature than any recent adaptation of her work, despite stretching (and often outright ignoring) the truth
June 17, 2020
It's the performances that save this movie for me. It has a very unique style of cinematography that sometimes grated on my nerves, but I think that was the intended outcome.
June 16, 2020
Shirley may be a classic case of style over substance, but its incredible lead performance from Elisabeth Moss and bold vision from director Josephine Decker are too intriguing to ignore.
June 16, 2020
The real fireworks happen when the camera is pointed at Elisabeth Moss.
June 15, 2020
Brimming with a volatile intensity, Moss gives Shirley Jackson a layered mood that is equal parts anger, apathy, and ferocity.
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 14, 2020
It's not only a spectacular use of cinema to render the spirit of Jackson's work, it's an angry, elegiac rendering of female psychology.
June 13, 2020
Shirley is a haunting, unblinking portrait of a woman navigating a world she isn't quite made for...
June 12, 2020
Artful and thrilling, Shirley is a classic throwback to iconic psychodramas of the past. Elisabeth Moss is spell-binding here.
June 12, 2020
I can watch Elizabeth Moss do just about anything. The makers of Shirley should thank me for that obsession, because that's the only thing that kept me watching. Agonizingly slow-moving...but by no means a bad movie, just a challenging watch.
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