A coming-out, coming-of-age movie that is mediocre and very well-intentioned.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Well-acted but rife with cliché.
What could have been a standard-issue coming-out, coming-of-age movie develops a remarkable intimacy.
| Original Score: 3.5/4