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Take Shelter (2011)



Critic Consensus: Michael Shannon gives a powerhouse performance and the purposefully subtle filmmaking creates a perfect blend of drama, terror, and dread.

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Curtis LaForche lives in a small Ohio town with his wife Samantha and six-year-old daughter Hannah, who is deaf. Money is tight, and navigating Hannah's healthcare and special needs education is a constant struggle. Despite that, Curtis and Samantha are very much in love and their family is a happy one. Then Curtis begins having terrifying dreams about an encroaching, apocalyptic storm. He chooses to keep the disturbance to himself, channeling his anxiety into the obsessive building of a storm shelter in their backyard. But the resulting strain on his marriage and tension within the community doesn't compare to Curtis' private fear of what his dreams may truly signify. Faced with the proposition that his disturbing visions signal disaster of one kind or another, Curtis confides in Samantha, testing the power of their bond against the highest possible stakes. -- (C) Sony Classics

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Ron Kennard
as Russell
Heather Caldwell
as Special Ed Teacher
Sheila Hullihen
as Woman in Road
John Kloock
as Man in Road
Maryanna Alacchi
as Bargain Hunter
Jacque Jovic
as News Anchor
Bob Maines
as Walter Jacobs
Charles R. Moore
as Man at Window
Pete Ferry
as Melvin
Ken Strunk
as Doctor Shannan
Maryann Nagel
as Insurance Agent
Hailee Dickens
as Pharmacist
Joanna Tyler
as Attendant
Stuart Greer
as Army-Navy Dave
Jeffrey Grover
as Psychiatrist
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Critic Reviews for Take Shelter

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (58)

What makes Nichols' film so satisfying, at least until the melodrama of the final act, is the deftness of the characterisations and the constant sense that things are probably considerably more complex than they're perceived.

August 29, 2017 | Full Review…

In my estimate, this unique and frequently arresting film suffers from the monotony of the lead players' affect, and from the film's urge to have its gloomy cake and eat it.

June 20, 2013 | Full Review…

A hallucinatory thriller anchored by a deeply resonant sense of unease.

January 4, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

An impressively sustained slow-burn parable from writer-director Jeff Nichols, shot with ominous beauty, guarding its mysteries with care.

November 25, 2011 | Rating: 4/5

Like a laissez-passer to our apocalypse sensors.

November 25, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film's power should reside in this agonised human dilemma, but in the end it becomes a rather self-important shaggy dog story.

November 25, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Take Shelter

A compelling, gloomy and unsettling allegory that moves in a careful slow pace towards a glorious conclusion and is centered on a modern Noah, paranoid and on the verge of a mental breakdown, played with such an extraordinary intensity by Michael Shannon.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A guy's nightmares convince him that perhaps his family would be well served by expanding the tornado shelter out in the back yard. Only there's the history of mental instability in his family ... is it his turn to now slide into that dark abyss? His neighbors, his colleagues at work, and eventually even his wife start to wonder as well. Terrifically played by all concerned, but Shannon and Chastain really reel you into the consideration with the level of their involvement. Good filmmaking.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Just like Melancholia and We Need to Talk About Kevin, "Take Shelter" is another movie that is very well-made, yet very uncomfortable to watch. In fact, the film is especially comparable to the former, which also uses the film medium to portray a mental illness through some sort of impending doom. "Take Shelter" has the benefit of Michael Shannon's amazing performance, and Jeff Nichols definitely knows how to make audiences care about the characters. Unfortunately, it has an uncompromisingly oppressive atmosphere, which is the point but still makes it a tough watch for most audiences. Also, the little girl in this movie somehow doesn't cry despite one trauma-inducing scenario after another.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

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