• Release Date: Sep 22, 2004
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. The filmmakers turn what could have been dry subject matter into compelling, inspirational drama.
  2. Plays out like a Frank Capra movie with the "little people" taking on corrupt and indifferent officials. In the process the film strikes a strong blow for the dignity of labor and introduces an array of brave individuals.
  3. It never smirks or condescends as does, say, a Michael Moore; it never seems smug and superior, only committed and compassionate.
  4. 75
    Shot in Argentina, where a prosperous middle-class economy was destroyed during 10 years of IMF policies.
  5. Their ultimate success is a classic victory for the little guy.
  6. Reviewed by: Leah McLaren
    75
    As a first-time director, Lewis shows a impressive visual sense -- abandoned factories take on an eerie gorgeousness through his lens.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Slick and surprisingly emotional documentary is really a rare, optimistic critique of globalization.
  8. 70
    This film puts a pained human face on the cost of the corporate status quo.
  9. A stirring, idealistic documentary that examines the grass-roots cooperative movement in financially devastated Argentina, raises basic questions about economics, government and human nature.
  10. It's also genuinely moving to see disenfranchised individuals discovering self-determination from the hard ground up.
  11. Anticapitalist propaganda that persuades and uplifts is in short supply these days.
  12. Reviewed by: Steve O'Hagan
    60
    Politically powerful, but filmically flawed.
  13. 60
    The Take tells a compelling story of courageous, industrious people, but it begs for a second act.
  14. Reviewed by: Ed Halter
    60
    Combining the common-sense lucidity of Klein's "No Logo" with an undertone of melancholy doggedness, The Take follows its characters through a national election that feels like an antipodean doppelgänger of our own.
  15. Reviewed by: Nick Vivarelli
    60
    Makes its points effectively, but could have benefited from a burst of creativity.
  16. Ultimately a primer. Without actually putting it in direct terms, it proposes a revolutionary solution, not just in Argentina but everywhere that the corporate culture has failed its workers and their communities.
  17. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    25
    The Take represents the downside of the new documentary renaissance.

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