Shelter (2015)

Hannah and Tahir (Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Mackie) come from two different worlds. But when their lives intersect, they're at the same place: homeless on the streets of New York. How did they get there? As we learn about their past,… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 13, 2015
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bilge Ebiri
Spirituality & Health

...for much of its running time, it's a sharply observed, sensitively acted, moving little film.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Mr. Bettany's sketchy, unconvincing screenplay is more interested in Ms. Connelly's execution of exploitative stunts than in seriously examining the social crisis it purports to lament.

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Joanne Laurier
World Socialist Web Site

Bettany's film is a sincere effort to depict the extreme vulnerability of those who live without shelter, in many cases dying because they are excluded by a vicious system without any kind of social safety net.

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Susan Wloszczyna

What started as an engaging character study falls apart when the cards that Tahir and Hannah are dealt are so obviously and overtly stacked against them at every turn.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

Despite its terrific performances and its great use of locations, Shelter doesn't have enough substance to hold your attention or linger in the mind for long.

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

A document on our judgment of the homeless-preconceptions and ignorance towards-as well as forgiveness.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Both actors bring confused dignity and downright anguish to their roles, and if Bettany eventually begins piling the woes on a bit heavy, they make you believe that as dark as things get, they're still more than possible.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

In his earnest effort to depict how tough life is for the downtrodden, [Bettany] dogpiles his two protagonists with manufactured misery ...

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Eddie Harrison
The List

Shelter feels like an act of penance for all involved, and Connelly's powerful performance perfectly captures the anguish of a woman rendered all but invisible by poverty.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Pretty good, if unsurprising, drama about love on the hard gravel streets of New York between an ex-Nigerian soldier and a runaway suburban junkie. The… More