Take Shelter - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Take Shelter Reviews

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May 14, 2016
Took a chance and watched this today. Very impressed. I was along for the ride the whole time. Worth a watch for sure!
½ April 25, 2016
Losing mind over Dream-storms.
½ August 21, 2011
A very slow, quiet and almost meditative experience. "Take Shelter" is so simple in story that it leaves so much room for interpretation and symbolism, but not in a way where it's too obscure to grasp. Jeff Nichols has a clear agenda I think in theme here and drives the mood based on that. For me, the storm may as well be a metaphor for responsibility of taking care of a family. Regardless of interpretation, Michael Shannon's performance is something of artful nuance that is so memorable and holds the film by saying nothing most of the time. Jessica Chastain is also extremely intensifying in her supporting role and it's a very strong and beautiful effort from a writer/director driving a film of feelings and worries.
April 23, 2016
this film is more stupid than Curtis' face
March 19, 2016
Notable only for the acting by Michael Shannon, the story itself was rather dull for me.
½ April 17, 2016
I give up, I just couldnt finish it. simply became too painful to watch... SOOOO BORING
½ April 16, 2016
The ending sort of kills this film, as the performances and themes are excellent but the ambiguousness seems cheap. Michael Shannon and Chastain and the others are fantastic, and the movie tackles the very real issue of mental illness. But its the awkwardness of the final shot that makes it more confusing rather than satisfying.
½ April 15, 2016
This is one of those movie people that want to seem sophisticated pretend to love. It's slow, it's boring (as in there's no exploration of ideas, not as in there are no explosions), it's predictable, and the acting is so obvious it's embarrassing.

There is one thing this movie does great though, it's a fantastic indicator of whether you should trust someone's opinions on movies. If they like this, don't trust 'em.
April 9, 2016
Slow-burning psychological thriller. Is labourer Curtis having a major breakdown or are his nightmares a real warning? Imagine Terrence Malick had written and directed 10 Cloverfield Lane and you'll get an idea of what Jeff Nichols has achieved. Excellent performances buttress a movie that rewards the viewer's patience.
March 20, 2016
"Take Shelter" is a sincere, powerful exploration of mental illness, fueled by a phenomenal lead performance from Michael Shannon.
½ March 12, 2016
Very slow, mildly interesting
½ March 10, 2016
Tense psychological drama well acted by Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon.
½ February 16, 2012
Contemporary Noah's Ark
Super Reviewer
March 12, 2012
A compelling, gloomy and unsettling allegory that moves in a careful slow pace towards a glorious conclusion and is centered on a modern Noah, paranoid and on the verge of a mental breakdown, played with such an extraordinary intensity by Michael Shannon.
February 16, 2016
an infinitely suspenseful, brilliantly acted, smartly written, and masterfully directed indie drama about Curtis (played to utter perfection by Michael Shannon), who's family has a history of schizophrenia, who starts having visions of a catastrophic storm that he believes will end the life of his family if he doesn't build an underground shelter in his backyard. the only thing to say about this movie is flawless. everything was perfect. especially Michael Shannon, he needs some more recognition because this man is an actor. the effects were great and the the ending was both satisfying and unsettling at the same time. loved every second of this brilliantly paced masterclass in filmmaking.

February 26, 2012
An unbelievably good film that questions the expanse of our minds while showing the boundlessness of our connections.
½ February 10, 2016
Felt the movie suffered from an unexpected twist in plot. Kept patiently waiting for the climax and was left hugely disappointed to see the movie end the way it did.
January 23, 2016
Quasi-schizophrenic and quasi-soothsayer.
½ January 20, 2016
Intriguing for the first hour, "Take Shelter" falls into a repetitive doldrum of doubt for about 45 minutes and dream sequences fail to shock after the eighth or ninth one rolls off the protagonist's sweaty pillow. The film finally picks up speed again during a party confrontation (the best scene in the movie) and then is relatively tense until the end. The problem is the film double crosses itself with cleverness and the result is an unsatisfying resolution instead of an apocalyptically dramatic one. If you buy into the "rational" reason for the protagonist's behavior the film's ending, while emotionally dramatic, winds down effectively, although all the intrigue that was previous setup seems let down. But there would be little point to all that has been going on without that "big" payoff and so it finally appears. Unfortunately, when it does, it proceeds to wipe out all the poignancy that the "rational" ending had, and makes the "Hollywood" twist ending feel like a phony, after-the-fact addition, cheapening all that has been already resolved. Instead of surprising the viewer (How could it? Who wasn't anticipating that "big" ending?) it feels more like an attempt to satiate disappointed popcorn-movie viewers. Meant to be delivered as a one-two punch, it's a weak climax because the director has been ducking and weaving too much. By investing so much time in diverting our attention to the "cold hard facts of the story," the "surprise" payoff kills the real poignancy he has managed to create, diminishing that aspect of the drama to nothing more than a slight-of-hand trick. It's a cheapening effect as if, at the end of "Citizen Kane," we would see a long, black hearse slowly pulling away from the castle to reveal "Rosebud Funeral Parlor" painted on its side, making all the wonderful drama that came before merely hourglass filler.
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