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Take Shelter Reviews

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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.
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 4, 2012
A hallucinatory thriller anchored by a deeply resonant sense of unease.
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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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 30, 2011
Shannon wonderfully modulates Nichols' portrait of a man whose mind and life seem to unravel before our eyes.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 28, 2011
There's a strong, unsettling sense of disease that runs through Take Shelter, the best drama of the year so far.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 28, 2011
In an era of empty entertainments, "Take Shelter" is built to last.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 27, 2011
Shannon is astounding, playing a good man pushed to the brink of sanity, maybe beyond. He portrays a sense of quiet desperation -- a feeling recognizable to many.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 26, 2011
Take Shelter is paced slowly and deliberately, which is necessary to make believable whatever is tormenting Curtis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 21, 2011
A work of hushed and persuasive emotional veracity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 21, 2011
The movies have long been mad about the onset of madness.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 20, 2011
It's so stunningly effective at establishing a sense of dread that it's almost impossible to recommend it without reservations.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 20, 2011
The chilling genius of "Take Shelter'' isn't that the threat is never specified but that it doesn't need to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 20, 2011
A movie for this moment in time, this moment in our lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
October 17, 2011
The movie makes you uncomfortable, but in a good way. Nichols has turned the current moment of American unease into a powerful metaphor.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 14, 2011
The story of a man afflicted with fearful visions, Take Shelter is a film that's hitting the right apocalyptic trumpet call at the right time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 14, 2011
Taut, unsettling, haunting and powerful, "Take Shelter" stars Michael Shannon in a shattering performance as a man caught up in forces beyond his control.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 13, 2011
The really chilling thing is how believable it is.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 6, 2011
A molar-grinding performance from Michael Shannon anchors this slow but ultimately haunting drama.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 6, 2011
Here is a frightening thriller based not on special effects gimmicks but on a dread that seems quietly spreading in the land: that the good days are ending, and climate changes or other sinister forces will sweep away our safety.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 30, 2011
Writer-director Jeff Nichols, whose previous film Shotgun Stories also starred Shannon, has the rare ability to think big and work small.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 30, 2011
Nichols approaches his subject with thoughtful empathy, and while his themes are enormous - he's addressing no less than the state of our nation - he wisely underplays even the most important moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 30, 2011
All in all, this is a movie that confronts its own hard challenges - and feels utterly, uncomfortably relevant in this new Age of Anxiety.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 29, 2011
"Take Shelter" may be the most powerful American film I've seen this year.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 29, 2011
It's ultimately a bleak vision, and a circumscribed one, but remarkable all the same, and proof that Mr. Nichols is ready for much bigger things.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 29, 2011
It is a quiet, relentless exploration of the latent (and not so latent) terrors that bedevil contemporary American life, a horror movie that will trouble your sleep not with visions of monsters but with a more familiar dread.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2011
There's a specificity to his film that roots it in the here and now, acknowledging not just free-floating unease but everyday fears over the price of gas and insurance co-pays.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 29, 2011
Michael Shannon gives himself over completely to a complex role and leaves you shattered. Director Jeff Nichols throws curveballs, but his film is unique and unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 29, 2011
Nichols is still concerned with family legacies, and the ways people in smaller communities relate to each other, but Take Shelter is slower and smoother, deliberately developing a mood of creeping dread.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 28, 2011
Writer-director Jeff Nichols builds his elegantly shot, weather-sensitive horror story in waves of tension that crest as if pulled by tempests.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 28, 2011
Daring thematically and striking aesthetically, even as it pierces at the heart of the most relatable, everyday anxieties we all experience.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
September 27, 2011
Despite a few missteps, Take Shelter powerfully lays bare our national anxiety disorder -- a pervasive dread that Curtis can define only as "something that's not right."
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 27, 2011
A trenchant portrait of America's poverty-line-treading middle class.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
September 26, 2011
There's absolutely nothing affected about the film's perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2011
Nichols has a genius for making landscapes and everyday objects resonate like crazy, for nailing the texture of dread.
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 16, 2011
What you think may depend on your tolerance for movies that openly flaunt their metaphorical ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
February 8, 2011
A riveting genre blend of thriller, domestic drama and supernatural horror propelled by a brilliant lead performance.