Take Shelter Reviews

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August 29, 2017
What makes Nichols' film so satisfying, at least until the melodrama of the final act, is the deftness of the characterisations and the constant sense that things are probably considerably more complex than they're perceived.
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.
January 4, 2012
A hallucinatory thriller anchored by a deeply resonant sense of unease.
November 25, 2011
An impressively sustained slow-burn parable from writer-director Jeff Nichols, shot with ominous beauty, guarding its mysteries with care.
November 25, 2011
Like a laissez-passer to our apocalypse sensors.
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.
November 25, 2011
As in Todd Haynes's 1995 masterpiece, Safe, we are in a world that can't be pinned down.
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.
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.
November 20, 2011
Terrific. Michael Shannon delivers a fractured everyman who'll stay with you long after the final frame.
October 30, 2011
Shannon wonderfully modulates Nichols' portrait of a man whose mind and life seem to unravel before our eyes.
October 28, 2011
There's a strong, unsettling sense of disease that runs through Take Shelter, the best drama of the year so far.
October 28, 2011
Take Shelter is a deeply unsettling movie.
October 28, 2011
In an era of empty entertainments, "Take Shelter" is built to last.
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.
October 26, 2011
Take Shelter is paced slowly and deliberately, which is necessary to make believable whatever is tormenting Curtis.
October 21, 2011
A work of hushed and persuasive emotional veracity.
October 21, 2011
The movies have long been mad about the onset of madness.
October 20, 2011
It's so stunningly effective at establishing a sense of dread that it's almost impossible to recommend it without reservations.
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.
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