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Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content.

NC-17 In Theaters 12/2/2011 , 99min.
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Critic score based on 39 reviews

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June 04, 2012
sooooooooo ****
May 01, 2012
disturbing film, manages to bring many different emotions in the same film, you get off, angry, sad, happy, all thanks to a memorable performance Fassbender. The only downside is the exaggeration in showing the parts below the main actor.
January 27, 2012
The look, the acting and feel to the movie are all excellent. But the story is very unsatisfying. Watching someone disintegrate isn't very entertaining or enlightening when any type of reasoning isn't offered.
January 24, 2012
Great acting.... Sad scenario in some ways.... Cary Mulligan was great.... A must see.
January 23, 2012
It's a shame to waste your money on this film.

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A.O. Scott
The New York Times
How can visual pleasure communicate existential misery? It is a real and interesting challenge, and if Shame falls short of meeting it, the seriousness of its effort is hard to deny. Full Review
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
Shame has a lolling pace and stunning visual clarity. Structurally, it's close to perfect - its precision echoed in the Glenn Gould piano recordings of Bach keyboard works that Brandon listens to obsessively. Full Review
Andrew O'Hehir
It's first and foremost a visual and sonic symphony, and a Dante-esque journey through a New York nightworld where words are mostly useless or worse. Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Fans of Fassbender's yummy performances in this year's "Jane Eyre" and "X-Men: First Class" should be forewarned that, although we see the handsome Irish actor in the altogether, Shame is strangely un-sexy. Full Review
Anthony Lane
The New Yorker
Fassbender, who was, frankly, much sexier and more devilish in "X-Men: First Class," is required to spend much of his time staring with blank intensity into the middle distance. Full Review
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