Shame (2011)

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… More

Rated: NC-17
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 17, 2012
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Boasting stellar performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, Shame is a powerful plunge into the mania of addiction affliction.

David Thomson
The New Republic

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?

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Justin Chang

Few filmmakers have plumbed the soul-churning depths of sexual addiction as fearlessly as British director Steve McQueen has in Shame.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

By the time Brandon's quite literally cruising for a bruising, the film has no credibility left whatsoever.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Shame is something of a dirty date that leaves you wondering what went wrong.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

The ferocity of the performances and McQueen's formal relentlessness left me pulverized.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

It reconfirms McQueen as a filmmaker with an unflinching, microscopic gaze on the world.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

[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.

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

A solid character study that is difficult to enjoy but hard not to appreciate.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An unpretentious, devastating character study that takes a disturbing look at sexual addiction, with magnificent performances by Fassbender and Mulligan, and it… More
Spencer S.
A beautifully fulfilling and poignant film on a form of addiction that is never covered in film and is somewhat mocked and neglected in public discourse. A very… More
Jens S.
review coming
paul sandberg
Shame is an interesting film with lots to chew over. It has a vibe that runs through it - allowing for long sequences that may or may not mean much at all -… More
Wildaly M
Wasn't quite what I was expecting but certainly a realistic look into a destructive addiction. Perhaps too intense at some points. Even though there were… More
Veronique Kwak
to present the unpresentible is what modernist art does. postmodernist art is to present the unpresentibility. but in this case, shame is the former. it's… More