Shirley

critic Reviews

93% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score93%
  • Elevated by outstanding work from Elisabeth Moss, Shirley pays tribute to its subject's pioneering legacy with a biopic that ignores the commonly accepted boundaries of the form.
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    Anthony LaneNew Yorker
    "Shirley"... coats her in gothic excess as if glazing a ham, and of her humor scarcely a shred remains.
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    Brian TallericoRogerEbert.com
    Like a lot of Shirley Jackson's work, it feels like something that warrants analysis and reflection.
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    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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    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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    Hannah WoodheadLittle White Lies
    This is Decker's funniest film to date, yet also her most intimate and erotic.
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    Benjamin LeeGuardian
    A thrillingly perverse example of what happens when the shackles of biopic formula are cast aside.
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    Harvey S. KartenShockya.com
    Elisabeth Moss looks like Shirley Jackson and acts like Elisabeth Moss--which means that you could not find a better actress to portray the conflicted writer.
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    Roger MooreMovie Nation
    Moss ratchets up the simmering intensity in this fictionalized "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" account of the later career of the celebrated queen of literary horror and suspense.
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    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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    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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