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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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

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

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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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Will Leitch

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.

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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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Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine

Many may hail Shame as a voyeuristic masterpiece when in fact it's an empty provocation verging on the ludicrous.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
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
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
Sanjaya 丘耀文
'Shame' is just another movie that had a strong performance from their two main character (Michael Fassbender & Carey Mulligan) but didn't… More
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
Daniel Mumby
Ever since Paul Verhoeven torched his career with Showgirls, the NC-17 rating has been forever associated with soft-core porn. While in Britain 18-certificate… More