...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...
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
A heartbreaking drama about the lingering affects of childhood abuse and neglect, even under the best of curative circumstances.
Short is all nuanced performances bathed in sumptuous Californian sunlight: its realism is reflected in its lo-fi aesthetic and naturalistic cinematography.
| Original Score: 5/5
Short Term 12 is cinema at its most compassionate, vulnerable, and human.
| Original Score: A+
Cretton is able to leap tall towers of everyday humour and humanity and then suddenly drop you into a pit of total, gut-wrenching sadness in a single bound.
| Original Score: 9.5/10
Short Term 12 hits hard at times, yet despite its potentially melodramatic subject matter, never once feels manipulative or overwrought.
Short Term 12 is the kind of cinematic rollercoaster that will make your heart swell one moment and leave you in tears the next. It's simply unmissable.
It's hilarious, it's sad, it's anger-inducing, it's warm.
A gripping and often compelling character study and a wonderful human drama.
Short Term 12 offers the most concrete proof yet that Brie Larson will be with us long-term.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
a monumental work of compassion
There's an 'American' quality to its social conscience that I cannot recall perceiving in any other recent film.
An unexpectedly moving character study about welfare and painful upbringings.
| Original Score: 4/5
A powerful and passionate film that presents its flawed characters in an honest and heartbreaking fashion that will be hard to forget.
| Original Score: 4.0/5
Sufferers of 'Stendhal syndrome' - that singularly wonderful and hopelessly human disorder in which people confronted with particularly beautiful artworks become dizzy and often faint - beware.
It's often heartbreaking, but ultimately the film takes us to a truthful yet positive conclusion
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
Brie Larson is very impressive as the caring, funny supervisor whose own demons threaten to engulf her.
| Original Score: 3/5
The performances, too, are uniformly splendid, especially from Brie Larson as Grace and John Gallagher as Mason.