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An unwitting murderer and a woman close to his victims struggle to come to terms with where the fates have taken their lives in this independent drama. Ana (Minnie Driver) was a wife and mother caring for an educationally challenged son and a moody-but-loving husband when fate led her to cross paths with Saul (Jeremy Renner). Saul was a gambling addict deep in debt to loan sharks and desperately in need of enough money to keep collectors from killing or injuring him; a foolish decision on his part led to the death of Ana's husband and son. Years later, Saul is on death row, awaiting… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The talky redemption element, however, ultimately feels artificially tacked on."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Obscured by ugly, dark photography, a jumbled script, mumbled performances, and clueless direction that make it impossible to see or hear a lot of what's going on even if you cared, the result is a film of monumental incompetence."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"This sullen dramatic thriller is introspective to the point of being navel-gazing. And its up-to-interpretation form of 'conclusion' is fairly pretentious."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Clean but adult-themed movie that takes an intense look at extreme forgiveness and restorative justice."
‑ Genelle Pugmire, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Oliver's film manages to grapple with some knotty questions about justice, even if it is not nearly as bold or ironic as Lee Chang-dong's "Secret Sunshine""
‑ Leo Goldsmith, indieWIRE
"Stylistically as well as thematically complex."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Dramatically, however, Take consistently works, and, with such a story, that's an amazing thing."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"It's close but no cigar for first time writer/director Charles Oliver as he bashes his unfortunate audience with a preachy and one-dimensional exposition of revenge wearing restoration clothing."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"This is a slow burn of a film. You'll have to commit to seeing it, but the rewards for doing so are great."
‑ Cole Abaius, Film School Rejects
"Charles Oliver's directing debut, Take, unfolds in sun-baked Southwestern locations, but it's a dreary affair all the same."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"Take is too enamored of its time-shifting gimmick and cheap suspense to ultimately have much impact."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"A woefully earnest indie about a crime and its aftermath."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"A dreadfully misguided movie whose story of redemption is utterly irredeemable."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"This is an uneven directorial debut -- but not an unaccomplished one. Oliver is a name to look out for -- it would be great to see what would happen if he worked with someone else's script."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"This melodrama about capital punishment has no shades of gray, only beige."
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
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