'Shame' Makes Sex Addiction a Captivating Struggle (VIDEO)

Shame reviewsMichael Fassbender in ShameYou may not recognize the name of actor Michael Fassbender right now, but you will after catching his newest performance as a sex addict in Shame premiering in theaters today.

Directed by Steve McQueen, Shame follows the 34-year-old actor as a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with compulsive sex. Featuring Carey Mulligan and James Badge Dale, Shame seems like an interesting movie pick for this weekend. The telling question: What do the critics think? Read the Shame reviews after the jump:


Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times:

This is a psychologically claustrophobic film that strips its characters bare literally and figuratively, leaving them, and us, nowhere to hide.

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal:

Remarkably, the movie keeps us connected to the hero, Brandon, even though he's disconnected from the world around him, and especially from himself. That success is due largely to Michael Fassbender's startlingly fine performance. He is handsome, virile (not just because of a few flashes of frontal nudity), nuanced, and fiercely focused.

Claudia Puig, USA Today:

Shame is the last film moviegoers should see on a first date ... Fassbender's portrayal is truly haunting, and when he sobs, dramatically unraveling, it's clear he's imprisoned by his physical urges.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:

This is a great act of filmmaking and acting. I don't believe I would be able to see it twice.

Sounds chilling, right? If Ebert says it's that good, then I'm totally in. Want more? Watch the Shame trailer here:

Will you be seeing Shame this weekend?


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