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Take Shelter Reviews

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Devin Faraci
September 27, 2011
Playing like the excruciatingly long first act of a better movie, Take Shelter long overstays its welcome while confusing narrative indolence for tension.
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
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 1, 2011
The film doesn't work so well for me, although I recognise some of its strengths.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 25, 2011
Like a laissez-passer to our apocalypse sensors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
October 18, 2011
When its last, proudly ambiguous note is struck, one leaves convinced only that there exists a greater exploitation of this same concept yet to be made, one with sharper contrasts and more starkly defined stakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 30, 2011
It would be possible to appreciate Shannon's fabulous work in "Take Shelter'' far better if the filmmaker lost a quarter of the two-hour running time -- there are many overlong scenes that make this a needlessly tough sit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 7, 2011
It's a film without suspense and with a slow-moving story that unfolds without surprise or embellishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
There's no suspense and little surprise. Just a long. slow grind to ruin.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
October 18, 2011
Wavers between the terrifying stasis of The Birds and the bogus theatrics of The Happening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 22, 2011
Out of his 'Tree of Life'
Full Review | Original Score: C minus
Peter Bradshaw
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
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
November 27, 2011
Nichols has nothing positive to say, and spends more than two hours saying it. It's a superficial movie pretending to be deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 20, 2013
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.
Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered
November 11, 2013
Tight editing and pace make for a careful and thoughtful film that is a very strong piece of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
October 2, 2012
I could watch Michael Shannon stare at a wall for 90 minutes and still be captivated.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
October 22, 2012
While Take Shelter isn't by any means perfect - writer/director Jeff Nichols could use a refresher course on editing - it's a powerful film, displaying a devolvement into insanity that ultimately proves to be quite visionary.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
October 5, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
Tom Clift
October 22, 2011
While Take Shelter is a marvellously composed film, it is also one that holds you at a distance
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
January 4, 2012
The role of Curtis in this film is a perfect fit for Shannon's intense and slightly unhinged screen persona.
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