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Short Term 12 Reviews

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February 7, 2014
History will unmask this melodrama as a guerilla marketing campaign for American Apparel. It's the anti-Laguna Beach; 90210 for the hipster generation. One redeeming feature is the plot device that doesn't allow the caretakers to touch the kids once they've exited the house's premises (who would sue them for doing so remains unclear), which is an effective methaphor for what it means to actually care about another person. The American flag cape suggests the intended scope may even be significantly more ambitious.
July 15, 2014
Heartwarming, brilliant and powerful experience in one simple movie. Short Term 12 expressed many kind of personality in one shelter. It feels honest sweet in some ocassions. Brie Larson deserve something here. Her attendance gave a powerful feeling to the movie. This is a rare movie that come out from nowhere but stick deep into my mind.
July 14, 2014
If you've ever worked with troubled kids in any regard, this is a movie you should watch.
Norman H.
July 14, 2014
It's saddening and a bit chilling watching the affects of the harsh stories these children went through. This film of under privileged kids was heartfelt and moving. Not a blockbuster must see but you're left with no regrets after reaching for this flick.
Isaac
Isaac

Super Reviewer

July 10, 2014
An expertly crafted, heartfelt drama featuring a believable cast of characters and one of the most honest, emotional screenplays in recent cinematic memory. One of the best films of 2013.
July 9, 2014
Hoy proyectaremos la película que tuvo una calificación casi excelente por los críticos de cine y la audiencia, Short Term 12* casi del 100% te espero Café Chaquer's 8:00 pm, vamos a pasarla buena uva*
Adrien M.
July 7, 2014
Cringefest, littered with cliches and forced drama. Very flimsy character development and a literal "poop" joke in the first minute, the whole film panders to 12-14-year-old demographic, and fails to even do that well.
July 2, 2014
2013 was a great year in movies, Short Term 12 is one of the years very best. GREAT character development on top of impressive and nuanced filmmaking. Should have been recognized by the Academy, so too should Brie Larson's performance.
January 11, 2014
Short Term 12 is a raw and genuine film with characters and problems that draw you right in from the beginning. The film is short and could have certainly dug deeper with some of its supporting cast, but a movie this heartfelt and bittersweet, I can't believe I didn't see it sooner.
Emily W.
July 2, 2014
At times it tries too hard, but the moments of honesty are riveting and Larson and Gallagher's performances shouldn't be missed.
February 7, 2014
Passionate, striking, and more devastating than it is sentimental, Cretton's 'Short Term 12' is an affecting character study about a benevolent twenty-something woman named Grace (delivered by a satisfying performance from Brie Larson) working as a supervisor for a short-term housing facility for troubled youth. While she sifts through the daily challenges of her job, Grace must come to realize the weight of her own disheveled childhood in order to effectively foster the kids in her care. The film's emotional power lies within its verbal subtleties and an unrelentingly sprightly disposition.
Jeffrey M

Super Reviewer

June 29, 2014
Heartfelt, compelling, authentic, and visceral in its emotions, Short Term 12 is an amazingly impacting film. The story follows Grace, a young 20 something woman who works as a supervisor at a home for at-risk teens, along with her boyfriend. It is through Grace that we see the tragedy of the youth's lives, the anger, depression, confusion, and yet the hope that still abounds. It's a film of sadness, but also of love.

Too many films along similar lines have resorted to clichés or forced storylines to tell their story. This is not true of Short Term 12, which has an emotional intensity that is rare, and does this without melodrama. The characters in this film are treated with respect, not idealized or pitied, rather they are shown as what they are, we see the different coping mechanisms employed, while also understanding the underlining issues at hand. The family dynamics, and the dynamics amongst the youth feel real and organic to the story. The script is both finely written and poignant, delivering us a snap shot in a world that is hard to really face, but one that rings true.

The film is populated with fantastic performance, headlined by Brie Larson, in a role that should certainly serve as a launching point for her career. The direction, the pacing, the script, all are pitch perfect in a film that unfolds within itself without the use of gimmicks or plot devices. It's a methodical burn without being slow, subtle without holding back.

A must see.


4.5/5 Stars
June 28, 2014
Excelente drama de niños huérfanos, cruda y realista, muy creíble. Recomiendo.
Jason S

Super Reviewer

March 14, 2014
Director/screenwriter Daniel Cretton's virtually flawless film is certainly a film that could easily have been more emotionally devastating than it is. That's not to say that there isn't enough of it already here amid the fractured and fragile characters found in Short Term 12. Cretton delicately infuses the unrealised potential for far-reaching hopelessness here with a wholly welcoming delicate air of warmth and sensitivity.

Leading the charge here is the fabulous Larson as Grace. Her stoic presence within such a potentially volatile environment is all the more remarkable when her outwardly simple life beyond the walls of the foster system she works in slowly starts to fracture. It's a subtle splintering that never, ever once lends itself to unnecessary overwrought dramatic irrationality. Through Cretton's screenplay, Larson gives Grace a vulnerable strength that centres the film and provides a stunning balance between her personal demons and the unwavering commitment she has towards her charges.

Credit to Cretton's wonderful direction and screenplay in that as devastating as Short Term 12 could possibly be, the movie all the more stronger for holding back on some aspects of the characters lives. His focus on positive dialogue and creating a safe environment for his audience with a beautifully shot film never makes this anything less compelling than it is.

Short Term 12 is a spectacular achievement in subtle intensity, and an exemplary example of beautifully affecting dramatic filmmaking. Combined with powerful, poignant, even courageous, performances across the board from such a capable young cast, the result is a surprising, significant film experience that's more than worth your time.
June 27, 2014
As a teacher this one really hit home. It was emotional, powerful and funny.
Kate O.
October 26, 2013
Last year, I saw this movie on several 'Best Movie' lists but it was gone from theaters before I was able to see it. Netflix to the rescue. I completely agree with the best film assessment. It should be on those lists. It is a powerful movie with incredible performances. I loved it.
June 25, 2014
Gripping, heart-wrenching story. Amazing acting from everyone. Beautiful Shots. My heart is still aching from this wonder. I think this is my favorite movie from this decade.
Max O.
June 6, 2014
One of the most emotionally powerful films for years. Director Destin Cretton has a very bright future
February 18, 2014
Storytelling done so beautifully and done right. Nothing feels forced about this film, every emotion was able to be taken on willingly which made this film's subject matter digestible and heartfelt
March 19, 2014
A brilliant indie flick set in a foster care facility. Brie Larson is such a fabulous actress, I loved her in the United States of Tara and she is amazing in this. Heartbreaking.
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