A paean to the resiliency of the human spirit.
Neither slick nor sophisticated, but inspiring nonetheless.
Politically powerful, but filmically flawed.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Rousing as it is, you can't help feeling at times that the filmmakers have reduced a complex situation to a black and white.
An extraordinarily stirring film that should resonate even with the fairly internationally isolated American audience.
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
This film puts a pained human face on the cost of the corporate status quo.
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
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.
A deeply flawed work about a worthy subject.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A well-made, informative look at events during and after the 2001 collapse of the Argentine economy.
A success story? Yes, according to the Movement of Recovered Companies. No, according to the owners and the courts.
| Original Score: 3/4
A balance of fact and fury.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
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.'
| Original Score: 2.5/4
When the money runs out, the story had better have ended...
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.
| Original Score: B
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.
It never smirks or condescends as does, say, a Michael Moore; it never seems smug and superior, only committed and compassionate.