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Hannah and Tahir fall in love while homeless on the streets of New York. Shelter explores how they got there, and as we learn about their pasts we realize they need each other to build a future.

Actors: Jennifer Connelly , Anthony Mackie , Amy Hargreaves , Bruce Altman , Andrew Polk , Paul Urcioli , Teddy Cañez , Scott Johnsen , Rob Morgan , Adolfo Mendez-Nouel , Kevin Hoffman
Directors: Paul Bettany
Country: USA
Release: 2014-09-12
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  • Chris Hewitt (1)

    There are first-time filmmaker flaws — at times, the characters feel like pawns in a pre-ordained plot — but Bettany has a real gift for finding grace in the grimness.

    Empire Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    An admirable attempt at presenting a difficult subject that suffers from an eventual pileup of melodramatic happenstances. Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    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.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    This movie is so raw and depressing that in one brutal scene Ms. Connelly is so desperate for a fix that she injects a hypodermic needle into her vagina. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    As it meanders from over-familiar set-pieces and cliches — Tahir drums on empty paint buckets for money, predators face them at every turn, a callous system trips them up, and when they break into that brownstone, naturally they play dress-up — Shelter loses its way.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    A compelling story might have succeeded in overcoming those cosmetic distractions, but Bettany only offers an overwrought romance.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Its intentions are noble. Its gaze is harshly realistic. But it’s also overly melodramatic. Bettany has the makings of better director than screenwriter.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Abbey Bender

    Shelter is a well-intentioned film that edges into misery porn.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    The movie never bothers to show you life inside a shelter dormitory or tries to convey a broader vision of the city’s street culture. It is too busy showcasing its star Jennifer Connelly (Mr. Bettany’s wife) in degrading situations.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Katie Walsh

    The story on screen comes off as a naive interpretation of the homeless experience as imagined from a place of great privilege.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Drew Hunt

    The characters' marginalized social standing is less indicative of a real-life epidemic and more akin to window dressing.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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