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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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?"
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"Few filmmakers have plumbed the soul-churning depths of sexual addiction as fearlessly as British director Steve McQueen has in Shame."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"A solid character study that is difficult to enjoy but hard not to appreciate."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Shame has the problems that accompany most films in which the director sticks his neck out. It's not incoherent, but will seem underdeveloped for viewers who want plots and characters spelled out for them."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Rarely has a movie been so sexual without being remotely sexy. Rarely has a guy who might be admired in a sex comedy as a "playa" seemed more pathetic with each fresh conquest."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"The film is a raw, unsparing look at the downside of humanity."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Shame is something of a dirty date that leaves you wondering what went wrong."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The New York City of "Shame" is a place so cold, so distanced, so removed from flesh-and-blood humanity, that it's the only place a man like Brandon can truly be alone."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"It's another great performance from the star who appears now to have mastered the fed-up stare."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"Steve McQueen delivers an experience that simultaneously offers beautiful filmmaking and a welcome punch to the gut."
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"It reconfirms McQueen as a filmmaker with an unflinching, microscopic gaze on the world."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"[Fassbender is] so good as a man completely lost to his baser impulses that it makes "Shame" worth sitting through. Enjoying? That's a relative term. But you'll certainly appreciate it."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Many may hail Shame as a voyeuristic masterpiece when in fact it's an empty provocation verging on the ludicrous."
‑ Laura Kern, Film Comment Magazine
"A provocative and uncompromising study of a man haunted by sexual addiction."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"Shame is a snapshot of a tumultuous life, shot without judgement and censure - the fascinating story of a man who seemingly has everything and nothing both at once."
‑ Ali Gray,
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