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Take Shelter (15)


Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.

The critical consensus

Terrific. Michael Shannon delivers a fractured everyman who'll stay with you long after the final frame.

****(*)Angie Errigo, Empire Online, 21/11/2011

Goes on for longer than it needs to, and it will unsettle you, but well worth seeing.

****(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 24/11/2011

The supernatural horror/suburban drama mash-up doesn’t always sit well, but there’s no need to take shelter from the Shannon/Nichols partnership.

Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 24/11/2011

It’s not just Shannon’s film — Jessica Chastain backs him up with luminous concern, and Nichols isn’t closing anything down with his gutsy, switcheroo ending.

****(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 24/11/2011

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

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 24/11/2011

Shannon’s outstanding performance always keeps it going, until it becomes all about how it resolves, and in that regard Take Shelter satisfies.

Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 24/11/2011

It’s the cumulative terror the film builds up that really resonates.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 25/11/2011

Overpraised at Cannes, Take Shelter wears its shallow, tendentious profundity like a Halloween party dress.

**(*)(*)(*)Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 25/11/2011

The performances and themes of this psychological drama are all in five-star territory, it's just a shame all the good work is let down by a seriously over-long plot.

***(*)(*)Dail Record, 25/11/2011

Take Shelter is an intriguing, painful film about the angst that's currently in the air, about misreading the runes, about embarking on actions that might make us laughing stocks, about taking wagers with and against history.

Philip French, The Observer, 27/11/2011

A visionary thriller, anchored by a performance of tornado force from Michael Shannon. Provocative and evocative, it’s one of the best American indies of 2011.

****(*)James Mottram, Total Film, 23/11/2011

Take Shelter (15)

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday December 30, 2011, until Thursday January 5, 2012. More info:

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