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Rated NC-17 · 99 minutes · 2011

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Michael Fassbender lets it all hang out, literally, in director Steve McQueen’s naughty, grueling, NC-17 movie about sex addiction. Fassbender plays Brandon, a New York City resident who can’t get enough sex. He masturbates at work; he screws in public; and he loves his porn a lot. This makes things awkward when his sister (Carey Mulligan) drops by unexpectedly, bringing her problems with her. While the actors are giving it their all, there’s no real story here. It’s a character study, and that’s about it. It’s worth watching to see Fassbender and Mulligan acting up a storm, but there’s no real payoff. McQueen employs a mournful soundtrack that fortifies the mood, and the movie looks great—but a little more plot would’ve made it a great film.
Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/shame
Director: Steve McQueen
Producer: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Tessa Ross, Robert Walak, Peter Hampden and Tim Haslam
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie, Jay Ferraro and Alex Manette

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Creative Loafing Atlanta Plenty of Shame in Fassbender's game Michael Fassbender gives compelling performance as a sex addict by Curt Holman 12/08/2011
Style Weekly The Ecstasy and the Agony "Shame" asks whether men, and movies, can be too enigmatic. by Wayne Melton 01/17/2012
East Bay Express Shame Do the jerk. by Kelly Vance 11/30/2011
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The Coast Halifax Shame a chilly, powerful film Sex addiction drama peels open the raw side of New York by Carsten Knox 01/26/2012
Portland Mercury Soft-Core Porn, with Crying Sex addict Michael Fassbender hits rock bottom in Shame. by Alison Hallett 12/15/2011
Indy Week Shame isn't as shaming as it thinks it is First off, let me just say I don't feel sorry for any dude whose dick I can see from the back. That's the first strike against the lead character as played by Michael Fassbender in Steve McQueen's latest film, Shame. by Craig D. Lindsey 01/18/2012
Chicago Reader The Steve McQueen who didn’t make Bullitt The Art Institute opens “Steve McQueen,” showing work by the British video artist by Sam Worley 11/05/2012

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