Take (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 25, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A story of redemption held together with flashbacks, Take has moments of emotional intensity, but is ultimately undone by preachiness.

Ronnie Scheib

The talky redemption element, however, ultimately feels artificially tacked on.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Take is too enamored of its time-shifting gimmick and cheap suspense to ultimately have much impact.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

This sullen dramatic thriller is introspective to the point of being navel-gazing. And its up-to-interpretation form of 'conclusion' is fairly pretentious.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Stylistically as well as thematically complex.

Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

This melodrama about capital punishment has no shades of gray, only beige.

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

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.

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Leo Goldsmith

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"

Rex Reed
New York Observer

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.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

A dreadfully misguided movie whose story of redemption is utterly irredeemable.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
3 3/4's--This is a very slow movie, but for some reason I kept with it. I am glad that I did. I found it thought provoking, tragic, and moving. The tragic… More
Sean Gillespie
Good indie flik. Moves very slowly.
Gimly M.
Winds up being nothing more than a totally bizarre propaganda campaign for Restorative Justice. I can handle that, but what lost me is the fact that at… More
Walter M.
In the present day, Saul(Jeremy Renner) is being prepared to be executed by lethal injection. In the past, he is a petty crook and gambler who works at a… More