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Critic Reviews for Shelter
What started as an engaging character study falls apart when the cards that Tahir and Hannah are dealt are so obviously and overtly stacked against them at every turn.
Both actors bring confused dignity and downright anguish to their roles, and if Bettany eventually begins piling the woes on a bit heavy, they make you believe that as dark as things get, they're still more than possible.
Mr. Bettany's sketchy, unconvincing screenplay is more interested in Ms. Connelly's execution of exploitative stunts than in seriously examining the social crisis it purports to lament.
Despite its terrific performances and its great use of locations, Shelter doesn't have enough substance to hold your attention or linger in the mind for long.
In his earnest effort to depict how tough life is for the downtrodden, [Bettany] dogpiles his two protagonists with manufactured misery ...
Audience Reviews for Shelter
Pretty good, if unsurprising, drama about love on the hard gravel streets of New York between an ex-Nigerian soldier and a runaway suburban junkie. The performances sell the thing, with excellent work by the principals in this evenhanded effort from Paul Bettany.
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