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Take Shelter Reviews

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Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered

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

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 9/10

November 11, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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 Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 4/4

December 29, 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 Source: NECN | Original Score: B+

October 22, 2012
Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale

I could watch Michael Shannon stare at a wall for 90 minutes and still be captivated.

Full Review Source: Gordon and the Whale | Original Score: A+

October 2, 2012
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Take Shelter writer-director Jeff Nichols takes great care in detailing Curtis's journey and surrounding him with concerned loved ones.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: A

April 25, 2012
Michael Dequina

The riveting performances turn what on paper is a fairly simple climax into quite the emotional wallop.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 3, 2012
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Quietly spellbinding until the film's astonishing final 20 minutes which make it one of the year's best.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: A-

January 9, 2012
Justin Chang
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A hallucinatory thriller anchored by a deeply resonant sense of unease.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 4, 2012
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies

The role of Curtis in this film is a perfect fit for Shannon's intense and slightly unhinged screen persona.

Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

January 4, 2012
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 4, 2012
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

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Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 4/5

December 26, 2011
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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 Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

December 22, 2011
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

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 Source: Fresno Bee | Original Score: A-

December 9, 2011
Mike Scott

A richly drawn, and at times disturbing, portrait of one man's descent into madness.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/4

December 9, 2011
Simon Weaving

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 Source: Screenwize | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 4, 2011
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

There's something about Michael Shannon's looming height and malleable features that makes him a natural fit for playing tortured souls.

Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 4/5

November 30, 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 Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 4/5

November 27, 2011
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

November 27, 2011
Jason Best
Movie Talk

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

November 25, 2011
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

An impressively sustained slow-burn parable from writer-director Jeff Nichols, shot with ominous beauty, guarding its mysteries with care.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

November 25, 2011
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
September 9, 2011
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