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Shame

Released: 13/01/2012 General release
January blues getting you down? Try this stark, unflinching dissection of the human condition. Steve McQueen reunites with Hunger star Michael Fassbender for his second feature, which follows a 30-something yuppie whose slick lifestyle belies an addiction to sex. The arrival of his equally troubled sister, played by Carey Mulligan, proves testing.
 
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The Observer“Intense, expressive and physically controlled as a clenched fist...” A disturbing film that penetrates our minds and gets beneath our skins as we try to understand its characters. Fassbender confirms his reputation as one of the most courageous and versatile actors to emerge in recent years...
 
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Guardian“This is a horrible inferno...” An icily compulsive portrait of damaged siblings and sex addiction, fuelled by brilliant performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan...
 
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Radio Times“Bloody Miserable and Deeply Bored might have been a better title...” Lurking at its heart is an incongruous puritan priggishness when it comes to sex: unless one takes a somewhat Victorian view - and, given that everything Brandon does is entirely consensual - it's never explained why he should be ashamed...
 
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Time Out“A work that feels, both for our times and of them... ” Shame reconfirms McQueen as a filmmaker with an unflinching, microscopic gaze on the world...
 
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Total Film “A grubby, drowning nightmare of self-hate and angry rutting...” Fassbender is the full package in a carnal drama that spares no blushes and pulls no punches. Likely to be one of 2012’s bravest and best...
 
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Little White Lies“By turns raw, elegant and uncompromising...” Skin-deep substance means Shame ultimately lacks stamina. Don’t take your eyes off McQueen and Fassbender for a second, though...
 
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Empire“Every bit as intellectually austere as one might imagine...” Brave, beautifully acted and emotionally revealing — an early strong contender for the most provocative and compelling film of the year...
 
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The Telegraph“Confirms Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender as a fearsome double act... ” The second feature from the Turner Prize-winning filmmaker McQueen is a rare attempt to depict the reality of male sex addiction, and the result is an unqualified masterwork...
 
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Evening Standard“A study of a man hopelessly enthrall to his own lust...” Shame is a highly organised and polished piece of work but it is not only not erotic, it is oddly uninvolving altogether...
 
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The Independent“Repellant but not uninteresting...” Emotional nullity matched to stylistic impersonality isn't a winning combination, but the film almost gets away with it thanks to Fassbender's trapped satyr, writhing in the flames of his own porno hell...
 
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