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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 Paula, Rose Nemser
Logan Lerman
as Fred Nemser
Edward O'Blenis
as Ralph Ellison
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Shirley Jackson's life is adapted to a movie that's as complicated and interesting as the author's writing.

September 21, 2021 | Full Review…

Despair, desire, and madness are all entangled in Josephine Decker's Shirley...

January 27, 2021 | Full Review…

A look at the very morose Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss), presented in a way that mimics the famed fiction author's horror writing...

December 29, 2020 | Full Review…

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…

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