Short Term 12 (2013)



Critic Consensus: Short Term 12 is an emphatic, revealing drama that pulls audiences into the perspective of neglected youths.

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I Am Not a Hipster director Destin Daniel Cretton expands his 2008 short of the same name into a feature film depicting the struggles of a compassionate twentysomething contending with some unexpected life developments while working as a supervisor at a home for at-risk teens. Grace (Brie Larson) has dedicated her life to helping kids who have slipped through the cracks of the system. Committed to her job and in love with kindhearted co-worker Mason (John Gallagher Jr.), she's still struggling … More

Rating: R (for language and brief sexuality)
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Destin Daniel Cretton
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On DVD: Jan 14, 2014
Box Office: $1.0M
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Critic Reviews for Short Term 12

All Critics (151) | Top Critics (40)

Larson delivers one of the great performances of 2013.

Full Review… | September 3, 2015
Consequence of Sound

Here is a movie overflowing with compassion, warmth and good humor.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Raw, intense, human and absorbing.

Full Review… | October 17, 2014
News & Observer, Raleigh, NC

It's a wild, unruly mess of rampant emotions, and yes, some of them are painful, but there's a great deal of warmth and love here too. It's a truly wonderful movie.

Full Review… | September 27, 2014
Combustible Celluloid

...the best film of 2013 so far. ... It will devastate you without warning and break your heart, all while showing you how to move on and feel hopeful again...

Full Review… | August 5, 2014

Brie Larson is superb in this brilliant exploration of life in a short term care facility where troubled teens try to find a way to survive in the care of compassionate men and women.

Full Review… | March 15, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Short Term 12

A delicate and complex character study that never romanticizes what it wants so say, being instead very down to earth in its approach to show us how an underprivileged childhood can create emotionally fractured adults whose uncured issues won't simply go away with time.

Carlos Magalh„es

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The foster care system is the most flawed institution in the United States, which is disheartening as many of the children in said system deal with abuse, loneliness, and mental health issues. "Short Term 12" comprises everyday goings on of a facility for kids who live between homes and the street, and the workers who help them. At the crux of the film is Grace (Larson) who leads the facility's workers and helps kids while also dealing with her own life. It's really quite sweet that Grace and her boyfriend Mason (Gallagher) have fragmented childhoods, and so they have to (rather than want to) help ease the pain of these children and the problems they face. In comparison is a college worker who would like to help, but doesn't know where to start. The performances from the child actors in this film are nothing short of astounding. Brie Larson commands complete presence onscreen, as Grace, a multi-faceted basket case who is always trying to do better, but inevitably has to fight her demons. This is a really sweet, funny, heartfelt film dealing with big issues in a sensitive and thoughtful way, which makes it highly recommendable.

Spencer S.

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