Metacritic Movie Ratings
Shame Reviews

4.0

72

out of 100

Metascore®
Generally favorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterTodd McCarthy

    Driven by a brilliant, ferocious performance by Michael Fassbender, Shame is a real walk on the wild side, a scorching look at a case of sexual addiction that's as all-encompassing as a craving for drugs.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    Fassbender's portrayal is truly haunting, and when he sobs, dramatically unraveling, it's clear he's imprisoned by his physical urges.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

    Much of the film is banal or pretentious, or both - vacuous vignettes about emptiness. Occasionally, though, those vignettes burst into life and burn with consuming fire.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyLisa Schwarzbaum

    The biggest surprise in Shame is how distanced, passionless, and merely skin-deep the director's attention is - how little he cares about the subject of his own movie.

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