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Critics reviews
Shirley
Josephine Decker United States, 2020
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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Decker’s visual style is as distinct as a fingerprint. She destabilizes images, focusing in on parts of it, rarely looking at things head on.
June 03, 2020
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There are no ordinary images in Shirley. Individually, none of these devices is original to Decker, but she’s united them with a fluidity and a sensual puckishness that’s all her own.
June 01, 2020
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While I enjoyed some of the waspish dialogue, I found myself having a listlessly checked-out reaction I’ve never had to Decker’s previous work, which whatever its flaws always was restlessly finding its way towards to a new visual language—here, the results, though absolutely recognizable as in keeping with her previous work, don’t feel as startling.
January 29, 2020
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Riveting in each and every scene, thanks not only to the excellent ensemble cast, but also, in large part, to its lush cinematography and mise en scène.
January 27, 2020
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