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Short Term 12 Reviews

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Jeff Beck

Cretton needs to realize that you don't need to hit your audience over the head repeatedly with emotional high notes. A few are fine, but if your characters are well-rounded, engaging, and acted with heart, then they'll speak fine for themselves.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 22, 2013
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

Well intentioned, but somehow inauthentic.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

November 1, 2013
Rachel Bowles
The Skinny

Short is all nuanced performances bathed in sumptuous Californian sunlight: its realism is reflected in its lo-fi aesthetic and naturalistic cinematography.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 5/5

March 7, 2014
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

Short Term 12 is cinema at its most compassionate, vulnerable, and human.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A+

February 20, 2014
Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine

It's hilarious, it's sad, it's anger-inducing, it's warm.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine

February 6, 2014
Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer

An unexpectedly moving character study about welfare and painful upbringings.

Full Review Source: Impulse Gamer | Original Score: 4/5

January 8, 2014
Jonathan Robbins
Film Comment Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 4, 2013
Daniel Barnes
Sacramento News & Review

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 Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

December 10, 2013
Travis Hopson

Short Term 12 emerges out of nowhere and blindsides you in a way few movies could ever hope to.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

September 15, 2013
Matthew Kassel
New York Observer
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Short Term 12 strikes a delicate balance between emotional turbulence and artful understatement.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

August 20, 2013
Griffin Vacheron
We Got This Covered

Short Term 12 will remind you why you like movies. It tells a beautiful story, brings to life vivid and real characters, and will leave you breathless but undoubtedly still smiling.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 9/10

August 23, 2013

[A] sincere and heartening American indie set in short term accommodation for displaced children.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

October 17, 2013
Brian Viner
Daily Mail [UK]

The performances, too, are uniformly splendid, especially from Brie Larson as Grace and John Gallagher as Mason.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

December 10, 2013
Flossie Topping
Screen International

Honest and striking, this is a drama that will have audiences simultaneously laughing and crying.

Full Review Source: Screen International

June 17, 2013
Curtis Woloschuk
Paste Magazine

Ultimately, it's because of what goes unsaid in the film that its various onscreen relationships feel authentic and lived in.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 8.2/10

August 23, 2013
Katie Walsh
The Playlist

A Heartrending, Heartwarming & Authentic Portrait of Life At A Foster Care Facility

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: A

March 10, 2013
Jamie S. Rich

Bring tissues if you're prone to cry. "Short Term 12" will sneak up on you at unexpected moments.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: A

September 5, 2013
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post

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 Source: National Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 15, 2013
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

A powerful and passionate film that presents its flawed characters in an honest and heartbreaking fashion that will be hard to forget.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 4.0/5

December 23, 2013
Kenji Lloyd

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 Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 4/5

October 21, 2013
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