Shame

Shame
Shame
  • NC-17
  • 1h 42m
  • 2011
Certified Fresh79%
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Driven by a brilliant and ferocious performance by Michael Fassbender, Shame tells the riveting story of Brandon; a handsome New York businessman with a dark and destructive secret. His solitary existence is shaken by the unexpected arrival of his sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan, An Education), another damaged soul who brings memories of a painful shared past. Graphic, highly provocative and undeniably powerful, Shame is a devastating and thought-provoking cinematic experience.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh79%
Critics Consensus: Boasting stellar performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, Shame is a powerful plunge into the mania of addiction affliction.
Reviews
The New Republic
David Thomson
Rotten

The film's numb attitude assumes that Brandon's problem is beyond reach or rescue. So why are we w...

June 22, 2017
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Calvin Wilson
Fresh

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

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

With tremendous performances from Fassbender and Mulligan, and such superb technique from McQueen,...

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Adam Woodward
Fresh

By turns raw, elegant and uncompromising. An assured companion piece to Hunger, if not a significa...

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Dave Calhoun
Fresh

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

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Powerful drama about sex addiction is NOT for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the NC-17-rated Shame is all about sex addiction, and the movie is filled with nudity, destructive sexual behavior, strong simulated sex scenes, and innuendo. Some of the sex scenes play out a big roughly; there's also violence in the form of a bar fight (not entirely shown) and a bloody suicide attempt. Expect pretty frequent swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), plenty of drinking, and one scene in which the main character snorts cocaine.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 2, 2011
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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