Shirley

Shirley

Shirley

Elisabeth Moss is famed horror writer Shirley Jackson, author of The Haunting of Hill House, in this offbeat biopic from the director of Madeline's Madeline. The fictionalised story follows Shirley and her husband (Michael Stuhlbarg) as they take in a naïve newlywed couple, only to mess with them as inspiration for her next book.

2020Rating: M, Sex scenes, offensive language & nudity107 minsUSA
DramaThrillerTrue Story & Biography
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The Guardian

The Guardian

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For those willing to sink into the depths with Shirley, it’s a delicious journey down.

4.0
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

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The film is not an easy sit, but hopefully at least some awards-voters will endure Shirley’s crucible and emerge with a full appreciation for what Moss is doing. It’s breakneck, exciting stuff, the kind one so ardently hopes to see at a festival like this.

IndieWire

IndieWire

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Adapted from the Susan Scarf Merrell novel of the same name, Decker’s characteristically sawtoothed and delirious new film is set in the same latent space between fact and fantasy — a story and its telling — where she located all of her previous work.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

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This, by Decker’s singular standards, is an accessible movie. And while hardly a broad commercial play, emerging out of Sundance with good buzz, it’s yet another magnificent starring vehicle for Elisabeth Moss, who continues to balance her Emmy-winning Handmaid’s Tale work with ambitious, involving indies.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Long a staple of film and television drama, this sort of inebriated, one-location yak-fest is hardly the fashion these days, but there’s much for audiences of a certain ilk to relish here amid the refined noxiousness of manipulative goings-on among the educated class.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

For those willing to sink into the depths with Shirley, it’s a delicious journey down.

4.0
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

The film is not an easy sit, but hopefully at least some awards-voters will endure Shirley’s crucible and emerge with a full appreciation for what Moss is doing. It’s breakneck, exciting stuff, the kind one so ardently hopes to see at a festival like this.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Adapted from the Susan Scarf Merrell novel of the same name, Decker’s characteristically sawtoothed and delirious new film is set in the same latent space between fact and fantasy — a story and its telling — where she located all of her previous work.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

This, by Decker’s singular standards, is an accessible movie. And while hardly a broad commercial play, emerging out of Sundance with good buzz, it’s yet another magnificent starring vehicle for Elisabeth Moss, who continues to balance her Emmy-winning Handmaid’s Tale work with ambitious, involving indies.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Long a staple of film and television drama, this sort of inebriated, one-location yak-fest is hardly the fashion these days, but there’s much for audiences of a certain ilk to relish here amid the refined noxiousness of manipulative goings-on among the educated class.

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