Jeremy of The Daily Rotation wrote, "Shame is director Steve McQueen‘s controversial follow up to his 2008 film Hunger. While Shame‘s subject matter is that of sex addiction it still shares multiple traits with Hunger. Not only in the way McQueen films his movies, but how he translates the mood with long, uncomfortable shots of bleak scenery and characters that are intensified by heavy hitter Michael Fassbender. Shame isn’t an easy film to sit through, but it’s not meant to be. It’s meant to show the real side of addiction in the rawest form and McQueen’s approach teamed up with Fassbender’s skill as an actor makes it one of the most powerful films of 2011."