Sony Pictures Classics
Lisa Schwarzbaum
October 06, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Take Shelter

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
120 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/30/11
performer
Jessica Chastain, Michael Shannon
director
Jeff Nichols
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

Michael Shannon returns to familiar creepy-dude territory as a good Midwestern family man racked with a dread that troubles his wife (Jessica Chastain): Are his hallucinations portents of the schizophrenia that runs in his family, metaphors for the terrors of keeping loved ones safe, or signs only he can see of a very real cosmic cataclysm ahead? Writer-director Jeff Nichols builds his elegantly shot, weather-sensitive horror story in waves of tension that crest as if pulled by tempests. A-

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