Parent reviews for Shame

Common Sense says

Powerful drama about sex addiction is NOT for kids.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews
Adult Written bychristian2011 December 15, 2013

Film completely about sex addiction. For adults only. 18+

Shame is a highly provocative, poignant and dark psychological drama that excellently portrays the life, challenges, and obstacles of a sex addict. There's an exceptional amount of sexually charged, graphic sex scenes which includes full frontal nudity (genitals, buttocks), and nearly every kind of sex act you can think of (thrusting, vaginal/oral/anal sex, fellatio) but no actual penetration. These frequent scenes can be highly unnerving and disturbing to most viewers, which some include gay, lesbian, and bi. There's a considerably high amount of strong language (f**k, sh*t) including crude anatomical terms and graphic sexual dialogue. Drug use and drinking is also present, including the use of snorting cocaine. There's some violent and dramatic scenes involving a man and his sister which may upset some viewers, including an attempted suicide sequence (very bloody). Shame is an excellent film which interprets the challenges, struggles and morals of someone battling and succumbing to sex addiction. Definitely NOT for children under 17.

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Adult Written bydavispittman October 4, 2019

Fassbender is mesmerizing

Full disclosure: Michael Fassbender is one of my biggest celebrity crushes and favorite actors. But to be honest the crush comes first lol. My attraction to him aside, he’s excellent as the lead here. He treats everything with such sincerity. This film is extremely graphic but also very realistic about what addiction can do to a persons life. There’s many extreme sex scenes that involve rough penetration. One scene involves several sexual acts in a dark sex club. There’s lots of male and female nudity. Profanity is run of the mill R material. There’s also one disturbing scene involving self abuse, some blood is shown.

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Adult Written byBanana wannna August 22, 2019

Full on drama sex film explores sex addiction

This is a very good drama that contains very graphic sex scenes and graphic nudity is definetly not for kids.Adults only

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Adult Written byShane T. November 25, 2017

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NC-17: NO CHILDREN UNDER 17 ADMITTED. I have seen many unrated movies that were just as strong as an NC-17 for sex and violence. They let you buy them at 17 at many video stores.
Adult Written byfanofdenial December 28, 2015

Bleak, brilliant...but only for adults

Shame is an excellent movie that centers around a man suffering from a sex addiction that rules his life. The movie explores the ramifications of gripping addictions....which involves showing Brandon getting his "fix" in several graphic sex scenes. The movie portrays almost every sexual act under the sun. Yet while the film is explicit, it never seems gratuitous. The sex scenes are bleak and deliberate like the rest of the film and are necessary. A brilliant film that is worth a watch...for adults.
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byVlad22 August 20, 2013

NC-17 for a reason...

Not for kids, great for adults.

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Adult Written byAlexxis1995 July 17, 2013

A searing exploration of self-destructive sexual behaviors

A searing exploration of self-destructive sexual behaviors, Shame is an excellent, mature film. The actors are all top-notch, but Mulligan, with a colorful, touching and thin-skinned performance, is simply unforgettable in this role. Expect graphic sex and nudity, though, as well as a disturbing scene in which a character is covered in gore following a suicide attempt. The scene is brief but very realistic.

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Adult Written bywhitesoxbuff May 7, 2012

Shame

Best movie of 2011

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Adult Written byjem314 April 27, 2012

Excellent depiction of self-destructive behavior

First off, not a family movie. That being said it is a very well done, bleak depiction of sexual addiction and the destructive habits that can come from emotional damage. I have seen this movie critized for having unattractive sex scenes but it was obvious that was the intention. This movie shows the ugly truth of addiction, which could be applied to many other forms of addiction, and does not glorify the subject. At a parents discretion, it could be used as an educational tool and/or warning for older teens who may be heading down their own destructive path.

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Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Language
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking