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Take Shelter (2011)



Critic Consensus: Michael Shannon gives a powerhouse performance and the purposefully subtle filmmaking creates a perfect blend of drama, terror, and dread.

Movie Info

Curtis LaForche lives in a small Ohio town with his wife Samantha and six-year-old daughter Hannah, who is deaf. Money is tight, and navigating Hannah's healthcare and special needs education is a constant struggle. Despite that, Curtis and Samantha are very much in love and their family is a happy one. Then Curtis begins having terrifying dreams about an encroaching, apocalyptic storm. He chooses to keep the disturbance to himself, channeling his anxiety into the obsessive building of a storm shelter in their backyard. But the resulting strain on his marriage and tension within the community doesn't compare to Curtis' private fear of what his dreams may truly signify. Faced with the proposition that his disturbing visions signal disaster of one kind or another, Curtis confides in Samantha, testing the power of their bond against the highest possible stakes. -- (C) Sony Classicsmore
Rating: R (for some language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jeff Nichols (VI)
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 14, 2012
Box Office: $1.7M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Ron Kennard
as Russell
Heather Caldwell
as Special Ed Teacher
Sheila Hullihen
as Woman in Road
John Kloock
as Man in Road
Maryanna Alacchi
as Bargain Hunter
Jacque Jovic
as News Anchor
Bob Maines
as Walter Jacobs
Charles R. Moore
as Man at Window
Pete Ferry
as Melvin
Ken Strunk
as Doctor Shannan
Maryann Nagel
as Insurance Agent
Hailee Dickens
as Pharmacist
Joanna Tyler
as Attendant
Stuart Greer
as Army-Navy Dave
Jeffrey Grover
as Psychiatrist
Charles Moore
as Man at Window
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Critic Reviews for Take Shelter

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (38)

In my estimate, this unique and frequently arresting film suffers from the monotony of the lead players' affect, and from the film's urge to have its gloomy cake and eat it.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

A hallucinatory thriller anchored by a deeply resonant sense of unease.

Full Review… | January 4, 2012
Top Critic

There's no suspense and little surprise. Just a long. slow grind to ruin.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Tight editing and pace make for a careful and thoughtful film that is a very strong piece of cinema.

Full Review… | November 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

Director Nichols walks a tightrope between giving us a dark, Gothic tale of misunderstood prophecy and a sobering lesson on the state of mental health care in rural America.

Full Review… | December 29, 2012
Tribune News Service

While Take Shelter isn't by any means perfect - writer/director Jeff Nichols could use a refresher course on editing - it's a powerful film, displaying a devolvement into insanity that ultimately proves to be quite visionary.

Full Review… | October 22, 2012

Audience Reviews for Take Shelter

A guy's nightmares convince him that perhaps his family would be well served by expanding the tornado shelter out in the back yard. Only there's the history of mental instability in his family ... is it his turn to now slide into that dark abyss? His neighbors, his colleagues at work, and eventually even his wife start to wonder as well. Terrifically played by all concerned, but Shannon and Chastain really reel you into the consideration with the level of their involvement. Good filmmaking.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Just like Melancholia and We Need to Talk About Kevin, "Take Shelter" is another movie that is very well-made, yet very uncomfortable to watch. In fact, the film is especially comparable to the former, which also uses the film medium to portray a mental illness through some sort of impending doom. "Take Shelter" has the benefit of Michael Shannon's amazing performance, and Jeff Nichols definitely knows how to make audiences care about the characters. Unfortunately, it has an uncompromisingly oppressive atmosphere, which is the point but still makes it a tough watch for most audiences. Also, the little girl in this movie somehow doesn't cry despite one trauma-inducing scenario after another.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

From Start to finish this movie sucked. Its a wonder it didn't ruin Michael Shannon carrer. 2 hours long are you kidding me, was this someone's tax write off. If you give thiss anything above 2 stars please I say please dont ask me to go to the movie with you. 1/2 star 11-09-13

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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