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155 Ratings


Directed by Josephine Decker
United States, 2020
Drama, Thriller, Biography


A young couple moves in with famed horror author Shirley Jackson and her Bennington College professor-husband, Stanley Hyman, in the hopes of starting a new life. Instead, they find themselves fodder for a psycho-drama that inspires Jackson’s next major novel.

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Shirley Directed by Josephine Decker

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2020 | Winner: U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award: Auteur Filmmaking

Decker entrusts her star, Elisabeth Moss, with a lot, and Moss (as she’s done a lot lately) delivers in breathtaking fashion. It’s a big performance, but it never swells past the movie’s scale.
June 11, 2020
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Moss, brazen and witty and seeming to push herself to the very edge of control, is a galvanizing presence, convincingly wild even as she’s trapped in a hothouse of sometimes dubious ideas.
June 04, 2020
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It’s a movie of scathing inward turbulence that, if it doesn’t quite match Decker’s other films in comprehensive originality, nonetheless expands the commercial cinema with new tones, moods, and styles of a sort that few other filmmakers have brought.
June 04, 2020
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