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Take Shelter Reviews

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November 27, 2011
Parlays contemporary fears into the kind of relatable apocalyptic drama that relies less on big special effects and more on the ambiguous mental state of its protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
November 27, 2011
An intriguing, painful film about the angst that's currently in the air, about misreading the runes, about embarking on actions that might make us laughing stocks, about taking wagers with and against history.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
November 25, 2011
A film for troubled times, Take Shelter taps into current anxieties about economic meltdown and climate change disaster with its scarily apt depiction of a man driven to the edge by apocalyptic fears.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 25, 2011
An impressively sustained slow-burn parable from writer-director Jeff Nichols, shot with ominous beauty, guarding its mysteries with care.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 25, 2011
Like a laissez-passer to our apocalypse sensors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 25, 2011
The film's power should reside in this agonised human dilemma, but in the end it becomes a rather self-important shaggy dog story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 25, 2011
Fear is the American vice ... Take Shelter latches on to something deep and true within many of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 92/100
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
November 25, 2011
As in Todd Haynes's 1995 masterpiece, Safe, we are in a world that can't be pinned down.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
November 25, 2011
The performances and themes of this psychological drama are all in five-star territory, it's just a shame all the good work is let down by a seriously drawn-out plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 24, 2011
A kind of inverted version of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" with an end of the world obsession by a Joe Lunchpail type guy rather than UFO's. My pick for best movie of 2011.
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
November 24, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
November 24, 2011
An intense drama of mental meltdown and domestic apocalypse for an age of anxiety.
November 23, 2011
A sensitively constructed, if somewhat protracted metaphor for mental health and its frightening onset that remains with you long after viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 23, 2011
It's also very moving, showing how paranoia pulls the man away from the people he loves and the people he thinks he needs to protect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Film4
November 23, 2011
An intense drama of mental meltdown and domestic apocalypse for an age of anxiety.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
November 23, 2011
Could also have lost half an hour yet still maintained the momentum towards a powerful climax...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
November 23, 2011
It's the collision of Shannon's reality and dementia that's the driving force propelling a drama that is dark with foreboding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
November 22, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
November 21, 2011
Michael Shannon gives the performance of the year
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
November 20, 2011
Terrific. Michael Shannon delivers a fractured everyman who'll stay with you long after the final frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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