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Short Term 12 Reviews

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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.
Catherine Shoard
Observer (UK)
November 4, 2013
The kids are sensitively drawn, if a little pick-and-mix in terms of their issues and ethnicities, and the whole movie breathes with kindness and intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
November 1, 2013
Short Term 12 thrives on the dangerous chemistry between its young, talented actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Mottram
The List
November 1, 2013
As a stepping stone for both Larson and Cretton, it leaves you tantalised as to what they'll do next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
November 1, 2013
Short Term 12 wants to shine a light on these under-paid, under-valued figures and cheats, just a little, to get the job done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 1, 2013
Somewhat slighter than the festival raves would have you expect, Destin Cretton's indie flick is nonetheless a wholly affecting, gently nuanced drama - and a portfolio piece for rising star Brie Larson.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 1, 2013
Well intentioned, but somehow inauthentic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
October 31, 2013
Larson is one to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
October 31, 2013
A barnstorming performance from Brie Larson is the reason to see this bittersweet drama of damaged teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thelma Adams
Yahoo! Movies
October 31, 2013
The film succeeds by its simple storytelling technique - no explosions, no sweeping music signaling emotional peaks, no big reveals. It's just unsuperhumans...hoping to scratch out some joy and ward off the shadow of loneliness.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
October 31, 2013
There are perceptive scenes and abrasive moments. But there's also a soapy need to launder every problem into a happy or "closured" denouement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 31, 2013
This is a walk through familiar territory, but it wins you over step by step.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
October 30, 2013
There are no star names here but there are star turns, most notably from Brie Larson...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
October 29, 2013
The lead character's called Grace, but don't be put off: Cretton's tough-love snapshot of shattered youth is achingly moving rather than manipulative or mawkish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
October 29, 2013
There's heart, soul and personality to burn in 'Short Term 12' ... But this is a film that, like many of its young characters, desperately needs to calm down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
October 28, 2013
Short Term 12 is a miracle of a movie. Beautifully written and perfectly played, all of human life is here: the good, the bad, the messy and the uplifting.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
M. Faust
ArtVoice
October 25, 2013
Set inside a group home for troubled teenagers, this film proceeds with seemingly unforced naturalism to tell stories about ordinary lives whose problems unfold into understanding rather than melodrama
Kenji Lloyd
HeyUGuys
October 21, 2013
A rollercoaster of emotions, bringing so much passion, energy, and creativity to the screen, Short Term 12 is absolutely a must-see film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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