Take Shelter
Take Shelter (2011)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: February 14, 2012
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

David Thomson
The New Republic

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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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Shannon wonderfully modulates Nichols' portrait of a man whose mind and life seem to unravel before our eyes.

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Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered

Tight editing and pace make for a careful and thoughtful film that is a very strong piece of cinema.

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Justin Chang

A hallucinatory thriller anchored by a deeply resonant sense of unease.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

There's a strong, unsettling sense of disease that runs through Take Shelter, the best drama of the year so far.

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

Director Nichols walks a tightrope between giving us a dark, Gothic tale of misunderstood prophecy and a sobering lesson on the state of mental health care in rural America.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

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.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In an era of empty entertainments, "Take Shelter" is built to last.

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Erick Weber

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Sam Barnett
Just like Melancholia and We Need to Talk About Kevin, "Take Shelter" is another movie that is very well-made, yet very uncomfortable to watch. In… More
paul sandberg
In Take Shelter, writer/director Jeff Nichols explores not only our own concepts of reality vis a vis the film itself, but delves into how others perceive and… More
Bruce Bruce
From Start to finish this movie sucked. Its a wonder it didn't ruin Michael Shannon carrer. 2 hours long are you kidding me, was this someone's tax… More
Chris Weber
Curtis lives in a small town and lives a quiet life working construction as a means to support himself, his wife, and their young daughter who is deaf. One day,… More
Jim Hunter
A man with a family history of mental illness believes that his family is endangered by natural disasters. Michael Shannon, the man who made Bug even more… More
Anthony Lawrie
Although our protagonist is frightened that he may be succumbing to paranoid schizophrenia which runs in his family, I believe the real subject matter here is… More

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