Shirley

critic Reviews

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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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    Joe FriarThe Victoria Advocate
    Elisabeth Moss is mesmerizing as gothic author Shirley Jackson in the fictionalized tale that incorporates humor, drama, and tension. Stuhlbarg shines in the role of the controlling husband.
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    Jared MobarakJaredmobarak.com
    Decker portrays it all as though it's one of Jackson's psychological horrors-[stepping] to the precipice of danger before all tension releases with a cut.
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    Chuck BowenSlant Magazine
    Every scene in Josephine Decker's film operates at a maximum frenzy fraught with subtext.
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    Douglas DavidsonElements of Madness
    What [director Josephine] Decker's devised is a film so gorgeously entrancing, so perversely charming, so wistfully allegorical that it bewitches. Once ensnared, it won't let you go.
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