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Shame (2011)



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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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

All Critics (221) | Top Critics (52)

Shame is, indeed, a perfect distillation of the suffering-guy archetype.

August 28, 2019 | Full Review…

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?

June 20, 2013 | Full Review…

The film is a raw, unsparing look at the downside of humanity.

January 20, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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.

January 13, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

No one will fail to find, in this strange, disturbing jewel, some reflecting facet of himself or herself.

January 12, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

With tremendous performances from Fassbender and Mulligan, and such superb technique from McQueen, this is a horrible inferno.

January 12, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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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review coming

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Jens S.

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