The Take
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
This is the story of working people who decide to fight back against a corrupt and brutal system. Against the backdrop of Argentina's historic economic collapse, the film chronicles the extraordinary story of workers and activists who take back their bankrupted businesses, and run them without bosses. To reclaim their lives and their dignity, they first have to face down the former owners, the trigger-happy police, and, in the midst of national elections, the prospect of a repressive government returning to power.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Neither slick nor sophisticated, but inspiring nonetheless."
‑ , Time Out
"A success story? Yes, according to the Movement of Recovered Companies. No, according to the owners and the courts."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A paean to the resiliency of the human spirit."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Rousing as it is, you can't help feeling at times that the filmmakers have reduced a complex situation to a black and white."
‑ Matthew Leyland, BBC.com
"Makes one wish Argentina finds a way out of its habitual vulnerability to petty tyrants whose principal vision seems to be self empowerment through corrupt favoritism."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"The Take plays out like a Frank Capra movie with the 'little people' taking on corrupt and indifferent officials. In the process the film strikes a strong blow for the dignity of labor and introduces an array of brave individuals."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A balance of fact and fury."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"Politically powerful, but filmically flawed."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"An extraordinarily stirring film that should resonate even with the fairly internationally isolated American audience."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"A deeply flawed work about a worthy subject."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This film puts a pained human face on the cost of the corporate status quo."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein's film is antiglobalist advocacy journalism of the most muddled and romanticized stripe, almost dangerously naive in its simplistic presentation of complex political events."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Anyone sympathetic with the political viewpoint presented here will find much to admire in the energy and optimism of both the filmmakers and their subjects"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Sua parcialidade ˇbvia compromete um pouco a credibilidade, mas, no geral, o filme traša um painel revoltante sobre os efeitos nocivos da polÝtica econ˘mica imposta pelo FMI."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A well-made, informative look at events during and after the 2001 collapse of the Argentine economy."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
More reviews for The Take on Rotten Tomatoes