Shirley

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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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A famous horror writer finds inspiration for her next book after she and her husband take in a young couple.

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All Critics (214) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (188) | Rotten (26)

  • Don't trust me is the message - one underlined by the cutting of the film, meant to make you lose your footing. And then there is Moss, teeth and intellect bared in a snarl, as ever in an acting category all of her own.

    October 28, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Through all the film's fictionalised, domestic delirium, Decker tells a story of female artistic power.

    October 27, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Katie McCabe

    Time Out
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  • A bewitching - if discordant - attempt to bottle the atmosphere of Jackson's particular genius.

    October 27, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a flawed mistress-piece. I can't wait to watch it again.

    October 13, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Decker and Gubbins zig just where you might expect them to zag - but for all their departures from fact, they're not bold enough to give the tale quite the kind of vicious twist Jackson herself could be counted on to deliver.

    July 8, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Decker's filmmaking is often dreamlike, but her storytelling has a cruel bite of reality to it-just as Jackson's writing did decades before.

    June 8, 2020 | Full Review…

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