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Shirley (2020)



Critic Consensus: 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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Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband. The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door.

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Elisabeth Moss
as Shirley Jackson
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Stanley Hyman
Odessa Young
as Rose Nemser, Paula
Logan Lerman
as Fred Nemser
Edward O'Blenis
as Ralph Ellison

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The film is so performatively uncomfortable in its own skin that you may find it struggles to worm its way under yours.

November 18, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Shirley is sensuous and beguiling, an act of pure witchcraft.

November 11, 2020 | Rating: 5/5

There are heavy dollops of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? here, but without the campy histrionics.

November 1, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Together, Moss and Stuhlbarg epitomise a very horrible masculine and feminine mystique.

October 29, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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…

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