Shelter Reviews

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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
November 2, 2010
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
April 4, 2008
A coming-out, coming-of-age movie that is mediocre and very well-intentioned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
April 3, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 28, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
March 28, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 28, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
March 27, 2008
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.
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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
March 25, 2008
Well-acted but rife with cliché.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 21, 2008
What could have been a standard-issue coming-out, coming-of-age movie develops a remarkable intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4