Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts Reviews

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Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
February 10, 2011
Last year's live action shorts were an underwhelming bunch and this year's are no better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 4, 2011
The keeper of the bunch was the delightfully daffy "God of Love," in which a lovesick lounge singer (Luke Matheny, who wrote and directed) finds himself in possession of magical darts that make the victim fall in love for six hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
February 7, 2012
The Oscar nominees for Live Action Shorts come down to five conventional narratives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
February 14, 2011
Na Wewe from Belgium and Wish 143 from the U.K. are the standouts in an otherwise lackluster group of Oscar-nominated live-action shorts.
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David Fear
Time Out
February 7, 2012
All but the most ardent 'toon fans are advised to skip the Animated program, which this year traffics in nothing but Pixarish whimsy .
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
February 26, 2012
2012's slate of Oscar-nominated live-action shorts are a diverse lot that uniformly focuses limited screen time on character. There's not a disingenuous moment in the bunch.
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
February 11, 2011
For a category that could serve as a showcase for the next generation, it's an opportunity wasted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
February 15, 2011
Only "God of Love" seems a bit slight and amateurish for Academy Award contention.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Tim Grierson
Village Voice
February 8, 2011
The live-action entries are a more diverse mix.
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. My pick to win is "Wish 143" from the United Kingdom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
February 13, 2011
Offers three beautifully written films and two weaker ones that could have fleshed out with more imagination. God of Love deserves to win the Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.827521/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 11, 2011
Like any compilation, it's a mixed bag, but this year's films are stronger than those of the past several years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
February 10, 2011
,,, all manage to do something that longer films frequently don't accomplish: tell a story with a beginning, middle and end and with characters we can care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
February 18, 2011
It's hard to believe that these are the ten best shorts of the year but it's a case of a good program that is only disappointing if one hopes that the Oscar nominees would be great instead of just good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5.0
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt
February 9, 2012
There are stand-outs in both programs including a new short by Pixar (that will play in front of Brave this summer) and a stellar drama starring Ciaran Hinds from director Terry George.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5.0
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 10, 2011
The nondocumentary live-action shorts are the weakest (of the oscar shorts series), most of them exercises in genre and attitude without much to say or show beyond an attempt at virtuosity or emotional impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 23, 2011
Here's what's in the running - and which are my favorites.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 9, 2012
Peter McDonald's "Pentecost'' is the standout here...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 9, 2012
Where feature films conform to the three-act structure of drama, movie short subjects are more like short stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
February 10, 2011
Gone are the days of "selected shorts" on movie bills, but thank the gods of cinema for this annual release of Oscar nominees.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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