100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Take Shelter, which, it should be said, boasts haunting but seamless visual effects, is a movie for this moment in time, this moment in our lives.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film concludes not with a "surprise ending" but with a series of shots that brilliantly summarize all that has gone before. This is masterful filmmaking.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Writer-director Jeff Nichols builds his elegantly shot, weather-sensitive horror story in waves of tension that crest as if pulled by tempests.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

A riveting genre blend of thriller, domestic drama and supernatural horror propelled by a brilliant lead performance.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A dazzling piece of filmmaking, and much of the dazzle - as well as the anguished darkness - comes from Adam Stone's cinematography, which expresses the swirling state of Curtis's mind with richly varied flavors of light.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Take Shelter plays Curtis's unraveling at daring length. The film will be too slow and dark for some, and it's definitely overlong.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Nichols approaches his subject with thoughtful empathy, and while his themes are enormous - he's addressing no less than the state of our nation - he wisely underplays even the most important moments.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Nichols throws curveballs, but his film is unique and unforgettable.
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75

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
The economics of star casting aside, what would Take Shelter have been like with James McAvoy or Mark Wahlberg or Jake Gyllenhaal at its center?
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Take Shelter has a problem, the simplest of all problems but no less serious for its being simple. It's a film without suspense and with a slow-moving story that unfolds without surprise or embellishment.
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85 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.