Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
February 26, 2012
These are certainly important topics worthy of our attention. Keeping that attention, however, is another matter with uneven results.
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Tim Grierson
Village Voice
February 8, 2011
Unfortunately, this year's nonfiction crop largely underlines the limitations of movies with big subjects but compact running times.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
February 14, 2011
This year's Oscar-nominated documentary short films (shown theatrically in two separate programs) lack the journalistic integrity one would expect in this category.
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
February 12, 2011
This impressive showcase of cinematic treasures all have in common the amazing way that a complete story arc comes to fruition in a brief amount of time. The clear-cut favorite is "Strangers No More" in this category.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
February 8, 2013
Trials and tribulations in myriad forms are at the center of all five Oscar-nominated documentary short films this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 31, 2013
My personal pick of the five goes to the 10-years-in-the-making "King's Point" about a retirement village where one of filmmaker Sari Gilman's grandparents resided.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
February 28, 2013
Prepare for an emotional workout
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 10, 2011
The documentary program is almost entirely devoted to well-intentioned presentations of bad news about the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 9, 2012
If you come to have your eyes opened to tales of human suffering and resilience, you stand to get more than your money's worth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 4, 2011
The five nominees for an Oscar this year for Best Documentary Short all deal with weighty issues - homelessness, illness, old age. But they all do so on a very human level, eye to eye with the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
February 14, 2012
The films in this program contain some of the most powerful images to be seen on the screen this year.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 31, 2013
As unreliable as the Academy Awards may be at every possible level, it's a relief to encounter the 2013 Oscar-nominated shorts ...
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