Reviews: Shirley (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Featuring a mind blowing, career best performance from Elizabeth Moss, “Shirley” is a tour de force of imagination, director Josephine Decker (“Madeline’s Madeline”) keeping her camera in close to get us inside Shirley’s head.
  • Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: The film’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
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Elisabeth Moss is as great as you’d expect. Josephine Decker’s stylistic touches can sometimes be frustrating, but is more often offers a striking and thrillingly inventive look into the mind of her characters.
  • James Jay Edwards @ The Big Smoke America
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: It eschews the basic qualities that make a captivating picture. The central protagonist isn’t likable, it moves at a snail’s pace and nothing particularly exciting happens.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A beautiful-ugly film, a work of domestic gothic grotesquerie, of women’s suffocation and sacrifice, pain and isolation. Elisabeth Moss’s performance is next-level glorious in its wackadoo intensity.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: A compelling portrait of a great writer, fueled by Elisabeth Moss’s searing work.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: 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.
  • Dennis Schwartz @ Dennis Schwartz Reviews
    • Excerpt: Elisabeth Moss is perfectly cast for the part of the neurotic horror and mystery writer Shirley Jackson.
  • Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com
    • Excerpt: If Shirley is a biopic at all, it’s by way of psychological thriller. Decker and screenwriter Sarah Gubbins infuse myriad themes into the picture, everything from dread of pregnancy and childbirth, female sexual desire, toxic male behavior (with plenty of toxic female behavior, too), and psychological mind games.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ ItsJustMovies.com
    • Excerpt: Revisiting the psychopathic writer and friends and family, director Josephine Decker spends too much time rehashing past treatments.