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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"Shannon wonderfully modulates Nichols' portrait of a man whose mind and life seem to unravel before our eyes."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Tight editing and pace make for a careful and thoughtful film that is a very strong piece of cinema."
‑ Blake Griffin, We Got This Covered
"I could watch Michael Shannon stare at a wall for 90 minutes and still be captivated."
‑ Chase Whale, Gordon and the Whale
"Quietly spellbinding until the film's astonishing final 20 minutes which make it one of the year's best."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"A hallucinatory thriller anchored by a deeply resonant sense of unease."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"There's a strong, unsettling sense of disease that runs through Take Shelter, the best drama of the year so far."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Director Nichols walks a tightrope between giving us a dark, Gothic tale of misunderstood prophecy and a sobering lesson on the state of mental health care in rural America."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Take Shelter writer-director Jeff Nichols takes great care in detailing Curtis's journey and surrounding him with concerned loved ones."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"The role of Curtis in this film is a perfect fit for Shannon's intense and slightly unhinged screen persona."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Ebert Presents At The Movies
"When future film historians look back at the cultural fallout from America's financial collapse, 'Take Shelter' will be a key text. That is, if the storm doesn't sweep us all away."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"In an era of empty entertainments, "Take Shelter" is built to last."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"While Take Shelter isn't by any means perfect - writer/director Jeff Nichols could use a refresher course on editing - it's a powerful film, displaying a devolvement into insanity that ultimately proves to be quite visionary."
‑ Erick Weber, NECN
"The riveting performances turn what on paper is a fairly simple climax into quite the emotional wallop."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"As a director, Nichols creates such an intense aura of dread and impending apocalypse during the visions that when Curtis simply describes one that is not shown in the film, we shudder at the mental image it paints."
‑ Jason Buchanan, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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