Take Shelter


Take Shelter

Critics Consensus

Michael Shannon gives a powerhouse performance and the purposefully subtle filmmaking creates a perfect blend of drama, terror, and dread.



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Curtis LaForche lives in a small Ohio town with his wife Samantha and six-year-old daughter Hannah, who is deaf. Money is tight, and navigating Hannah's healthcare and special needs education is a constant struggle. Despite that, Curtis and Samantha are very much in love and their family is a happy one. Then Curtis begins having terrifying dreams about an encroaching, apocalyptic storm. He chooses to keep the disturbance to himself, channeling his anxiety into the obsessive building of a storm shelter in their backyard. But the resulting strain on his marriage and tension within the community doesn't compare to Curtis' private fear of what his dreams may truly signify. Faced with the proposition that his disturbing visions signal disaster of one kind or another, Curtis confides in Samantha, testing the power of their bond against the highest possible stakes. -- (C) Sony Classics

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All Critics (161) | Top Critics (43)

  • In my estimate, this unique and frequently arresting film suffers from the monotony of the lead players' affect, and from the film's urge to have its gloomy cake and eat it.

    Jun 20, 2013 | Full Review…
  • A hallucinatory thriller anchored by a deeply resonant sense of unease.

    Jan 4, 2012 | Full Review…

    Justin Chang

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  • The film's power should reside in this agonised human dilemma, but in the end it becomes a rather self-important shaggy dog story.

    Nov 25, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • As in Todd Haynes's 1995 masterpiece, Safe, we are in a world that can't be pinned down.

    Nov 25, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • The supernatural horror/suburban drama mash-up doesn't always sit well, but there's no need to take shelter from the Shannon/Nichols partnership.

    Nov 24, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • When future film historians look back at the cultural fallout from America's financial collapse, 'Take Shelter' will be a key text. That is, if the storm doesn't sweep us all away.

    Nov 22, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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