Take Shelter Synopsis
Frightening visions convince an Ohio man that a tornado will strike his home and family.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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The Hollywood Reporter

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

By Peter Travers
Nichols throws curveballs, but his film is unique and unforgettable.
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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...
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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...
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great acting, ok story

By warrenm
chastain and shannon are superb... good, not great, story...

Well Worth It...

By Sinjin Van Hook Stratton
Very out-of-the ordinary and atmospheric thriller- they could have shaved 15-20 minutes and not lost anything. I understood the need for build up but there were some obvious choices for the cutting...

Ridiculously overrated. Assinine ending.

By Toby Dammit
Like many films today, Take Shelter is exquisitely CRAFTED, yet utterly meaningless. The filmmaker is also obnoxiously coy about clarifying his intentions when talking about it. If its intent was only...

Movie could have been saved

By moviesandstuffinnc523
How disappointing to see an "artful" (as another reviewer said) film and have such a lame and unimaginative ending that truthfully, doesn't even lend itself to discussion. Yeah, the actors were good...

Run from the storm...well walk slowly to the exit

By seandrewett
There are movie the critics describe as "masterful movie making" and most other people describe as "two hours of my life I won't get back." Well Take Shelter is exactly 120 minutes and you won't be...


By riodealer
Terrible plot and even worse ending....

Intense, well-acted film.

By brunowe
This was an well-executed film about someone who becomes obsessed with a possible oncoming disaster to his family and starts building a storm shelter for his family. The visuals are excellent,...

Gripping and Suspenseful, An Effort Worthy Of An Audience.

By Alon Patterson
Sometimes small films with even smaller budgets find it hard to get a toe hold among the big studio productions exhibited across our nation. That could be said of this film. In fairness, a lot of...

What a shame, but I suggest renting this one.

By Nacho Baggo
Powerful scripting and performances. Shannon's lead character slowly simmers to a boil and tears at your heart. The direction keeps you guessing about what you thought you were certain about. All the...

Illustrates the destruction and contagion of collective fear

By key grip
An incredible movie. Michael Shannon deserves Best Actor for this. It's the scariest movie I've seen in a long time, with no paranormal, no skeletons or axe murderers....just plan ol'...

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Rated R | For some language