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The Take

The Take (2004)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 14
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Carlos Menem was the president of Argentina between 1989 and 1999; under his administration, many of the nation's public works were privatized, and the nation's peso was linked to the value of the American dollar. When the nation quickly fell into debt, the International Monetary Fund stepped in to give the nation massive loans -- a tactic that only sent Argentina deeper into the hole, as the government struggled to pay the interest on their notes. The results were little short of disastrous,


Documentary, Drama, Special Interest


Naomi Klein

Feb 21, 2006

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Neither slick nor sophisticated, but inspiring nonetheless.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The Take plays out like a Frank Capra movie with the 'little people' taking on corrupt and indifferent officials. In the process the film strikes a strong blow for the dignity of labor and introduces an array of brave individuals.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This film puts a pained human face on the cost of the corporate status quo.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A success story? Yes, according to the Movement of Recovered Companies. No, according to the owners and the courts.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A balance of fact and fury.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein's film is antiglobalist advocacy journalism of the most muddled and romanticized stripe, almost dangerously naive in its simplistic presentation of complex political events.

February 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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A paean to the resiliency of the human spirit.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Politically powerful, but filmically flawed.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Anyone sympathetic with the political viewpoint presented here will find much to admire in the energy and optimism of both the filmmakers and their subjects

August 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Rousing as it is, you can't help feeling at times that the filmmakers have reduced a complex situation to a black and white.

May 21, 2005 Full Review Source:

An extraordinarily stirring film that should resonate even with the fairly internationally isolated American audience.

April 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Sua parcialidade ˇbvia compromete um pouco a credibilidade, mas, no geral, o filme traša um painel revoltante sobre os efeitos nocivos da polÝtica econ˘mica imposta pelo FMI.

April 11, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Makes one wish Argentina finds a way out of its habitual vulnerability to petty tyrants whose principal vision seems to be self empowerment through corrupt favoritism.

April 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

A deeply flawed work about a worthy subject.

March 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A well-made, informative look at events during and after the 2001 collapse of the Argentine economy.

March 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Oregonian

The reason to watch the documentary The Take is buried in an ominous comment from an out-of-work laborer: 'We are where the rest of the world is going.'

January 20, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

When the money runs out, the story had better have ended...

December 13, 2004 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Take

Brilliant, if naturally one-sided. Though, deciding to come down hard on one side of the political fence when the other side is utterly monstrous, is something to be applauded. Especially considering America's utter neglect toward the hemisphere in which we honed our brutalizing tactics... this documentary brings to light an event that is nowhere close to the spotlight of the international media, yet utterly essential to understanding how we might rise above our current problems.
July 19, 2009

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