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Take Shelter

HD   R Closed Captioning

Jeff Nichols

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About the Movie

Following his acclaimed debut, Shotgun Stories, writer/director Jeff Nichols reteams with actor Michael Shannon to create a haunting tale that will creep under your skin and expose your darkest fears. Curtis LaForche lives in a small town in Ohio with his wife, Samantha, and daughter, Hannah, a six-year-old deaf girl. When Curtis begins to have terrifying dreams, he keeps the visions to himself, channeling his anxiety into obsessively building a storm shelter in his backyard. His seemingly inexplicable behavior concerns and confounds those closest to him, but the resulting strain on his marriage and tension within his community can’t compare with Curtis’s privately held fear of what his dreams may truly signify. Take Shelter features fully realized characters crumbling under the weight of real-life problems. Using tone and atmosphere to chilling effect, Nichols crafts a powerful psychological thriller that is a disturbing tale for our times.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 153
  • Fresh: 140
  • Rotten: 13
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A hallucinatory thriller anchored by a deeply resonant sense of unease. – Justin Chang, Variety, Jan 4, 2012

Fresh: The chilling genius of "Take Shelter'' isn't that the threat is never specified but that it doesn't need to be. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Oct 20, 2011

Fresh: A movie for this moment in time, this moment in our lives. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct 20, 2011

Fresh: A work of hushed and persuasive emotional veracity. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Oct 21, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Great Movie

Michael Shannon is at his best as a man plagued by apocalyptic dreams that start to bleed into his everyday life. It's one of the best films of the year with a ending that will leave you breathless

Not my cup of tea

I rented this movie based solely on the reviews. Unfortunately I found it a little too dark and the storyline frustrating. Not my cup of tea.


This film had my undivided attention until the very end. It grasped my curiosity on wether or not he was/is crazy and it never let it go.
This is one of those great films that just makes you love and talk about it long after the credits have rolled.
I will say that the final shelter scene is one of the most haunting scenes I have ever watched in a film.

Take Shelter
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2011

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