Take Shelter Reviews

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Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered
November 11, 2013
Tight editing and pace make for a careful and thoughtful film that is a very strong piece of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 29, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/4
October 22, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
October 2, 2012
I could watch Michael Shannon stare at a wall for 90 minutes and still be captivated.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 25, 2012
Take Shelter writer-director Jeff Nichols takes great care in detailing Curtis's journey and surrounding him with concerned loved ones.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
February 3, 2012
The riveting performances turn what on paper is a fairly simple climax into quite the emotional wallop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
January 9, 2012
Quietly spellbinding until the film's astonishing final 20 minutes which make it one of the year's best.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Justin Chang
Variety
January 4, 2012
A hallucinatory thriller anchored by a deeply resonant sense of unease.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
January 4, 2012
The role of Curtis in this film is a perfect fit for Shannon's intense and slightly unhinged screen persona.
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 4, 2012
As a director, Nichols creates such an intense aura of dread and impending apocalypse during the visions that when Curtis simply describes one that is not shown in the film, we shudder at the mental image it paints.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
December 26, 2011
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Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 22, 2011
A film that's easier to admire (at least in part) than actually like, but it's also a difficult film to ignore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
December 9, 2011
The dread in this slow simmer of a film comes not from a clearly definable sense of danger, but more from a sense of simply not knowing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
December 9, 2011
A richly drawn, and at times disturbing, portrait of one man's descent into madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
December 4, 2011
Michael Shannon is at his best as a man plagued by apocalyptic dreams that start to bleed into his everyday life. It's one of the best independent American films of the last decade, playing on current concerns about the future of the planet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
November 30, 2011
There's something about Michael Shannon's looming height and malleable features that makes him a natural fit for playing tortured souls.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 27, 2011
Parlays contemporary fears into the kind of relatable apocalyptic drama that relies less on big special effects and more on the ambiguous mental state of its protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
November 27, 2011
An intriguing, painful film about the angst that's currently in the air, about misreading the runes, about embarking on actions that might make us laughing stocks, about taking wagers with and against history.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
November 25, 2011
A film for troubled times, Take Shelter taps into current anxieties about economic meltdown and climate change disaster with its scarily apt depiction of a man driven to the edge by apocalyptic fears.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
November 25, 2011
An impressively sustained slow-burn parable from writer-director Jeff Nichols, shot with ominous beauty, guarding its mysteries with care.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
September 9, 2011
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