Critic Consensus: Boasting stellar performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, Shame is a powerful plunge into the mania of addiction affliction.
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Critic Reviews for Shame
Shame is, indeed, a perfect distillation of the suffering-guy archetype.
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?
The film is a raw, unsparing look at the downside of humanity.
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.
No one will fail to find, in this strange, disturbing jewel, some reflecting facet of himself or herself.
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.
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.
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