The Take Reviews

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A paean to the resiliency of the human spirit.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Neither slick nor sophisticated, but inspiring nonetheless.

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Politically powerful, but filmically flawed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 30, 2005
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
Matthew Leyland
BBC.com
May 21, 2005
Rousing as it is, you can't help feeling at times that the filmmakers have reduced a complex situation to a black and white.
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
April 17, 2005
An extraordinarily stirring film that should resonate even with the fairly internationally isolated American audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 14, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
April 14, 2005
This film puts a pained human face on the cost of the corporate status quo.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
April 11, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
April 11, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 17, 2005
A deeply flawed work about a worthy subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
March 11, 2005
A well-made, informative look at events during and after the 2001 collapse of the Argentine economy.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 18, 2005
A success story? Yes, according to the Movement of Recovered Companies. No, according to the owners and the courts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
February 18, 2005
A balance of fact and fury.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 4, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 20, 2005
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.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Oz
eFilmCritic.com
December 13, 2004
When the money runs out, the story had better have ended...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 9, 2004
Mr. Lewis and Ms. Klein found themselves a subject and a setting rife with drama, and they showed a reporter's dogged verve in entering the thick of the action.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 3, 2004
It's not the most original documentary ever filmed, shot in routine style. But it's the content that counts. We see very real people in crisis.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 3, 2004
It never smirks or condescends as does, say, a Michael Moore; it never seems smug and superior, only committed and compassionate.
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