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Shelter (2007)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 3

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Love brings together two men who aren't sure where to fit a relationship into their lives in this romantic drama. Living in the oceanfront working-class community of San Pedro, Zach (Trevor Wright) is a young man in his early twenties who has been forced into the role of emotional anchor for his dysfunctional family; his mother his dead, his father is too ill to work, his sister Jeannie (Tina Holmes) is too busy partying to look after her five-year-old son Cody (Jackson Wurth), and Zach is the


Drama, Romance

Jonah Markowitz

Aug 15, 2006

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A coming-out, coming-of-age movie that is mediocre and very well-intentioned.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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Shelter may only be shoreline deep, and its ending fanciful, but the film captures the beauty, thrill and ache of young love and extracts a casual joy out of the process.

April 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Comment (1)
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Shelter is a gay movie like other American gay movies. Boy meets boy. Boy comes out. Boys fight opposition. Opposition caves. If there's life beyond the closet, too few movies know it exists.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comments (2)
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Shelter rises very high indeed, thanks to a superb performance by Trevor Wright in the lead role, a strong supporting cast, very good cinematography and, most of all, emotional authenticity.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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A confused young artist is torn between his family and his future in Shelter, a sensitive romantic drama from the writer and director Jonah Markowitz.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Rowe displays new authority and confidence, as if lately he's been looking in the mirror and seeing himself, rather than that other, more famous blond.

March 27, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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At the epicenter of this tale is Zach (Trevor Wright is always a pleasure to watch but the measure of his acting talent requires a script with more scope to reveal his depth).

July 23, 2009 Full Review Source: JWR

Complex characterizations by Wright and Rowe and outstanding cinematography by Joseph White make this film particularly worth checking out.

September 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Playback:stl

It feels like it's written by a film school freshman that's trying to be innovative, but everything feels forced and flat.

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Comments (2)
Sin Magazine

There's real chemistry between the two actors.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Oregonian

An awkward, phony melodrama you don't need to be homophobic to hate.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Comment (1)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The first theatrical release from the here! Network's Independent Film Initiative, shaves the edges off the genre's hoariest tendencies, for which it deserves credit and will hopefully be the start of a trend. But it's still an uninspiring drama.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Comment (1)
Boxoffice Magazine

Shelter gives hope that gay romances have come of age.

April 3, 2008 Full Review Source:

All the muted, oh-so-painful male bonding grows tiresome and predictable.

March 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

In the sweet and sexy romance Shelter, the chemistry between two surfer guys magnetically played by Brad Rowe and newcomer Trevor Wright is so electric, so palatable that even the most ardent nitpickers won't break a sweat over the small stuff.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

The first project of the here! gay television network's new movie initiative, Shelter regrettably plays closer to Lifetime fodder.

March 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Shelter

A simple film that relies on the chemistry between Wright and Rowe, telling a sweet coming-of-age story about a young gay man trying to figure out what he wants in life. Unfortunately, it is also too conventional and predictable, with a lot of stereotyped conflicts.
March 26, 2012

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I hate using the term "gay themed film" because very often most of the "themes" in these films are just as relevant to all people...but this is the story of a guy discovering that he is attracted to a man and attempts (in a very homogenized "movie of the week" way) to express all of the challenges that come with that discovery.

The intent here is good and the story (while not very well written) is well acting. Unfortuantly the mediocre writting prevents you from ever sensing (much less actually feeling) much of the emotion that would be involved in a situation like this.

It's a sweet film to spite it's stereotypical plot points (sadly there is always some truth in stereotypes), but because it never gets to deep into the emotions of the main ("gay") characters I don't think it serves as anything other then "light entertainment'.

In other words - no ones opinoion or life is going to be changed by watching this. And that is ok, except for the fact that with a good cast like this - it could have been so much more.
December 16, 2011
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This is a great love story! Actually the first love story that honestly depicts love as I know it! This movie is real without stereotypes and/or exaggerations!! Great movie!!
March 21, 2009

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