• Take
    2 minutes 55 seconds
    Added: Jun 30, 2008


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Take Reviews

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

This sullen dramatic thriller is introspective to the point of being navel-gazing. And its up-to-interpretation form of 'conclusion' is fairly pretentious.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

September 12, 2008
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

It's close but no cigar for first time writer/director Charles Oliver as he bashes his unfortunate audience with a preachy and one-dimensional exposition of revenge wearing restoration clothing.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 5/10

August 18, 2008
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

A dreadfully misguided movie whose story of redemption is utterly irredeemable.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 0/5

August 15, 2008
Genelle Pugmire
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Clean but adult-themed movie that takes an intense look at extreme forgiveness and restorative justice.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 13, 2008
Ronnie Scheib
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The talky redemption element, however, ultimately feels artificially tacked on.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 13, 2008
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects

This is a slow burn of a film. You'll have to commit to seeing it, but the rewards for doing so are great.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: B-

August 13, 2008
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

This is an uneven directorial debut -- but not an unaccomplished one. Oliver is a name to look out for -- it would be great to see what would happen if he worked with someone else's script.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 13, 2008
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Stylistically as well as thematically complex.

August 13, 2008
Leo Goldsmith

Oliver's film manages to grapple with some knotty questions about justice, even if it is not nearly as bold or ironic as Lee Chang-dong's "Secret Sunshine"

August 13, 2008
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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Take is too enamored of its time-shifting gimmick and cheap suspense to ultimately have much impact.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 25, 2008
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

Charles Oliver's directing debut, Take, unfolds in sun-baked Southwestern locations, but it's a dreary affair all the same.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

July 25, 2008
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

This melodrama about capital punishment has no shades of gray, only beige.

Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: C-

July 24, 2008
Geoff Berkshire

Resides in the same lives-intersect-through-tragedy wheelhouse as 21 Grams and Monster's Ball, without those films' romantic underpinnings or powerhouse performances.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 3/5

July 24, 2008
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

Take suffers from story overload, which is distracting.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 24, 2008
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Obscured by ugly, dark photography, a jumbled script, mumbled performances, and clueless direction that make it impossible to see or hear a lot of what's going on even if you cared, the result is a film of monumental incompetence.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

July 23, 2008
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A frantic mother and a desperate criminal cross paths with devastating results in first-time writer and director Charles Oliver's emotionally charged drama.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

July 18, 2008
John Anderson
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Dramatically, however, Take consistently works, and, with such a story, that's an amazing thing.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

July 18, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A woefully earnest indie about a crime and its aftermath.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 18, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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It's like a full-length public service announcement.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

July 18, 2008
Nathan Lee
New York Times
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If there is anything the cinema needed less than another angst-ridden, cross-cutting tragedy about crime, fate, memory and redemption, it's the kind shot in an ugly monochromatic palette like Take.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

July 18, 2008
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