Shirley

critic Reviews

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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Brian TallericoRogerEbert.com
    Like a lot of Shirley Jackson's work, it feels like something that warrants analysis and reflection.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    David EhrlichindieWire
    By the time "Shirley" arrives at its tortured smile of an ending, it seems less a departure from "Madeline's Madeline" than it does a spiritual prequel, or maybe a buttoned-up aunt.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Carlos AguilarTheWrap
    A concoction of fact and magical realism, which may frame the film as a radically more exciting cousin to Stephen Daldry's Virginia Woolf-centered, triptych drama The Hours.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Hannah WoodheadLittle White Lies
    This is Decker's funniest film to date, yet also her most intimate and erotic.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Benjamin LeeGuardian
    A thrillingly perverse example of what happens when the shackles of biopic formula are cast aside.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    David CanfieldEntertainment Weekly
    In Shirley Jackson, [Moss] veers from grumpy to menacing to touching, turning in what may be her best - and is surely her wittiest - film performance to date.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Michael J. CaseyBoulder Weekly
    Bad movies are bad movies, but almost good movies are somehow worse. The story is compelling, the performances are good, and all the components are present. You can see what the filmmakers are going for, and you want them to get there, they just don't.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Karl DelossantosSmash Cut Reviews
    Shirley's overwhelming and somewhat chaotic opening prepares you for its penchant for tension-sexual, suspenseful, and otherwise. On the other hand, the introduction to Shirley barely scratches the surface of the unpredictable rollercoaster that she is.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Daniel NavaChicago Cinema Circuit
    Shirley examines that unique, overwhelmingly isolating feeling of being caught outside the moment, of inhabiting a world of antiquity. It's a film about feeling deserted within your own home, a feeling that I think we can all now recognize to some degree.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Jourdain SearlesBitch Media
    What they find is short-lived, but riveting to watch. Despite the absence of men, their relationship is far from equal; but their bond still feels like a profound meeting of the minds.
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