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Take Reviews

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September 12, 2008
This sullen dramatic thriller is introspective to the point of being navel-gazing. And its up-to-interpretation form of 'conclusion' is fairly pretentious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 18, 2008
It's close but no cigar for first time writer/director Charles Oliver as he bashes his unfortunate audience with a preachy and one-dimensional exposition of revenge wearing restoration clothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
August 15, 2008
A dreadfully misguided movie whose story of redemption is utterly irredeemable.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
August 13, 2008
Clean but adult-themed movie that takes an intense look at extreme forgiveness and restorative justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 13, 2008
The talky redemption element, however, ultimately feels artificially tacked on.
August 13, 2008
This is a slow burn of a film. You'll have to commit to seeing it, but the rewards for doing so are great.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 13, 2008
This is an uneven directorial debut -- but not an unaccomplished one. Oliver is a name to look out for -- it would be great to see what would happen if he worked with someone else's script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 13, 2008
Stylistically as well as thematically complex.
August 13, 2008
Oliver's film manages to grapple with some knotty questions about justice, even if it is not nearly as bold or ironic as Lee Chang-dong's "Secret Sunshine"
July 25, 2008
Take is too enamored of its time-shifting gimmick and cheap suspense to ultimately have much impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 25, 2008
Charles Oliver's directing debut, Take, unfolds in sun-baked Southwestern locations, but it's a dreary affair all the same.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 24, 2008
This melodrama about capital punishment has no shades of gray, only beige.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 24, 2008
Resides in the same lives-intersect-through-tragedy wheelhouse as 21 Grams and Monster's Ball, without those films' romantic underpinnings or powerhouse performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 24, 2008
Take suffers from story overload, which is distracting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 23, 2008
Obscured by ugly, dark photography, a jumbled script, mumbled performances, and clueless direction that make it impossible to see or hear a lot of what's going on even if you cared, the result is a film of monumental incompetence.
July 18, 2008
A frantic mother and a desperate criminal cross paths with devastating results in first-time writer and director Charles Oliver's emotionally charged drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 18, 2008
Dramatically, however, Take consistently works, and, with such a story, that's an amazing thing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 18, 2008
A woefully earnest indie about a crime and its aftermath.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 18, 2008
It's like a full-length public service announcement.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
July 18, 2008
If there is anything the cinema needed less than another angst-ridden, cross-cutting tragedy about crime, fate, memory and redemption, it's the kind shot in an ugly monochromatic palette like Take.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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