Short Term 12 Reviews

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
December 14, 2013
While the topics are serious and the film heartfelt as it provides a genuine insight into troubled lives, there is a surprising lightness about much of the experience, making the bitter-sweet journey all the more rewarding
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent
December 10, 2013
Brie Larson is very impressive as the caring, funny supervisor whose own demons threaten to engulf her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Viner
Daily Mail [UK]
December 10, 2013
The performances, too, are uniformly splendid, especially from Brie Larson as Grace and John Gallagher as Mason.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
December 10, 2013
If we're lucky -- if the tides are right and the winds are calm -- we might get one or two movies a year as good as Short Term 12.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Allison Loring
Film School Rejects
December 10, 2013
Short Term 12 will having you laughing one minute and tearing up in the next.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob Boylan
Orlando Weekly
December 10, 2013
There are so many pitfalls, and it seems like every TV movie version of the story falls into all of them at the same time. But in Short Term 12, writer-director Destin Cretton manages to skillfully step over all of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Daniel Barnes
Sacramento News & Review
December 10, 2013
Sacramento native Brie Larson gives one of the best performances of the year in Short Term 12, an affecting drama from writer-director Dustin Cretton.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
December 10, 2013
Set in a foster-care facility outside of San Francisco, this independent drama is vivid and heartfelt in its depiction of social work, at times recalling some of Frederick Wiseman's great documentary portraits.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 9, 2013
...an engaging, emotional little drama that bodes well for Cretton's future endeavors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
November 26, 2013
There's a hilariously scatological tale told at the beginning, a sweetly uplifting one at the end, and in the middle a parable about a lonely octopus that may be the most heartbreaking thing you'll hear all year.
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post
November 15, 2013
Crettin's script delivers warm, humorous dialogue and his direction a wealth of naturalistic performances, chief among them Larson's understated, incandescent turn as Grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 15, 2013
The film's climax feels a little rushed and overwrought, but the movie's real resonance is its exploration of empathy and vocation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 15, 2013
Cretton is not afraid to be uncool; he embraces the strong emotions that scare some indie filmmakers and that scar -- in some cases literally -- his young characters. The result is a movie that is passionate, compassionate and has the ring of truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 14, 2013
At times Short Term 12 seems uncertain where it's going, but this matches the circumstances of both staff and residents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
November 7, 2013
A wonderfully authentic film about the families built from the fragments of broken homes
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
November 7, 2013
Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) is outstanding in the leading, tripled-edged role of Grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 7, 2013
The acting is very good in this film and the screenplay is powerful. It is evident this is a low budget movie, but it works very well despite its production limitations. This is one of the best films I've seen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
November 6, 2013
Documentary-style authenticity gives this understated drama a real kick as it explores the fallout of child abuse from an angle we'd never expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
November 6, 2013
incidents seem more idealized than authentic
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jonathan Robbins
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
Despite the heavy subject matter, the film never bogs down into the daily grief it depicts, but maintains a jaunty current of humor that counterbalances its melodramatic content.
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