Shelter Reviews

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March 24, 2020
...for much of its running time, it's a sharply observed, sensitively acted, moving little film.
February 20, 2016
A document on our judgment of the homeless-preconceptions and ignorance towards-as well as forgiveness.
December 14, 2015
Shelter feels like an act of penance for all involved, and Connelly's powerful performance perfectly captures the anguish of a woman rendered all but invisible by poverty.
November 24, 2015
While there are flashes of impressive direction - especially in his use of location - Bettany's woefully underwritten script almost immediately dogs Shelter down.
November 24, 2015
Paul Bettany makes a strong impression with his first film as a writer-director, exploring the big issue of homelessness from a variety of pointed angles.
November 13, 2015
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.
November 13, 2015
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.
November 12, 2015
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.
November 12, 2015
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.
November 12, 2015
A mixed bag that gets some things right and is refreshing about others. It also fumbles about at times and feeds on old cliches that need to die.
November 12, 2015
In his earnest effort to depict how tough life is for the downtrodden, [Bettany] dogpiles his two protagonists with manufactured misery ...
November 12, 2015
Too soulful to write off as an exercise in movie stars playing at homelessness.
November 11, 2015
Every moment of genuine fear is eventually undone by excess, working to pad acting demo reels, not fulfill storytelling requirements.
Top Critic
November 11, 2015
Some people will find it too emotionally wrenching to watch, but there are moments of raw, understated sensitivity, encapsulating the ache of regret at the heart of Shelter.
November 11, 2015
Its intentions are noble. Its gaze is harshly realistic. But it's also overly melodramatic. Bettany has the makings of better director than screenwriter.
November 11, 2015
Unexpectedly touching drama about a homeless couple that manages to transcend its oppressive subject with superb acting, writing, directing and cinematography.
November 10, 2015
There are far too many stories of homelessness in this city, and Shelter is too determined to fit all the agony of these experiences into one film.
November 9, 2015
The characters' marginalized social standing is less indicative of a real-life epidemic and more akin to window dressing.
November 7, 2015
While it's no surprise that Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie might turn in powerful performances, a salute is also in order for Paul Bettany for making such an impressive and audacious directorial debut!
October 16, 2014
...a fairly standard drama that's been designed primarily to highlight the talents of its stars...
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