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Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock (2009)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 101
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 56

Shorts has imagination and energy, but most viewers beyond elementary school will likely tire of the kiddie humor and sensory overload.


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 12

Shorts has imagination and energy, but most viewers beyond elementary school will likely tire of the kiddie humor and sensory overload.



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A young boy living in a cookie-cutter suburb gets hit on the head with a rainbow-colored rock that grants wishes to anyone who holds it in this family-oriented fantasy comedy from Spy Kids director Robert Rodriguez. All the houses in Black Falls look exactly the same, and everyone who lives in this suburban Shangri-la works for Black Box Unlimited Worldwide Industries Incorporated. A highly profitable company thanks to their latest invention, Mr. Black's Black Box -- an all-in-one communication

Nov 24, 2009


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All Critics (103) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (56) | DVD (6)

The latest child's-eye adventure from Robert Rodriguez, Shorts doesn't hit the heights of his Spy Kids series. But it provides just enough smart, silly fun for families desperately seeking an easy escape from hazy August humidity.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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The movie is as lumpy and misshapen as a giant booger.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comment (1)
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Shorts may not be destined for long-term greatness -- it feels cheerfully disposable in every way -- but the film is also fast and funny, and grown-ups will not suffer sitting through it.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Yes, I realize this is a kids' movie, but that's no excuse for short-circuiting creativity.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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My fourth-grader giggled maniacally. The 9-year-old in me did, too.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Be careful what you wish for, Shorts reminds us; you just might get it. Especially if that wishing was along the lines of a smart and funny kids' flick.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Light, silly fun, amiably performed by both its veteran cast and exuberant young 'uns.

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It is a wildly self-indulgent fantasy adventure that should have gone straight to Youtube, where all 'Dad-thinks-he's-cool-with-a-camera' home videos belong.

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source:

Chaotic, messy, and horribly mind-numbing...

December 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Yes, it's definitely made for the much younger set, but it also has quite a few zany little off guard touches, resulting in genuine laughs for anyone who can appreciate the humor.

December 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

...what poignancy is served injecting heavy messages about parenting... into a movie which glorifies the suburban existence, makes light of bullying, and gratuitously employs property destruction for comic effect?

December 6, 2009 Full Review Source:

...a mishmash of slapstick fights, tiny green men, galumphing alligators, nose picking, giant booger monsters, and endless silliness.

November 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Shorts is constantly pinballing back and forth, from one thing to the next, in such a hyperactive fashion that one wishes it would just slow down a bit.

November 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

A fun trifle -- essentially, a homemade 'Little Rascals' update in which youngsters with a 'wishing rock' wreak accidental havoc (and create upright crocodiles, a giant dung beetle, a 'big bad booger' monster and an intellectual telepathic baby).

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

All of these adventures call on Rodriguez's fascination with visual effects, which could be tough on his human cast, but he has the wit to keep them in focus. All up, it's good fun.

October 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

A kid-friendly caper that's drunk a bit too much CGI-spiked red cordial.

September 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex

Exactly the sort of kid-in-a-candy-store experience you'd expect.

September 14, 2009 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

Good clean fun is what Robert Rodriguez delivers in this energetic and inventive film about wishes and being connected.

September 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Boy, is this dumb. I mean in the way that something can be so silly and disgusting it's dumb.

September 5, 2009 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

That potential is not realized in "Shorts" primarily because of the chaotic structure of the story, which lurches back through a series of disjointed flashbacks.

September 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Dives straight into whiz-bang gizmoland, opting for "pause, rewind" flourishes. Cute and enjoyable family fare, then, if a little forced.

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's a vacuous feature, devoid of any charms; a cartoon mishmash missing fizz and ingenuity to make it bearable to any audience member crazy enough to evolve beyond a fascination with nostril functions.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

This is a movie only an 8 year old could make up, or Robert who seems to be insanely connected to his kids. And that's a wonderful thing.

August 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

A movie aimed at kids which will have adults complaining it isn't short enough

August 25, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

This loud and energetic work won't add much value to family frolic films and messages that warn one to be careful what you wish for.

August 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Although it's a film that's constructed around wish-fulfilment gone awry and a series of madcap chases, Shorts also has a heart. Rodriguez's best kids film yet.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock

very different than many kids films and is very good
January 2, 2011
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Let me guess. You scrolling down the review section of our profile, looking at each poster on the left of the reviews, and come across this review and see only kids on the film poster. Yes! Robert Rodriguez's "Shorts" is a kids-only film. The film's actors are decent but the film and its sense of humor is too silly for adults. But I have to give props to its creativity, the way the film is split into chapters (probably a homage to Quentin Tarantino movies), and energy.

Not as good as the "Spy Kids" movies but better than the terrible "Sharkboy and Lavagirl" movie. Eeesh! Double eesh!
September 11, 2010
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Bentley Lyles

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Shorts, is a harmless, chessy, over-the-top kids movie with bad effects, bad dialogue, but a good heart. This movie will definitely not win awards for either the razzies or the oscars, but I believe it can settle right in the middle of the films this year. Shorts fits in just fine, but it's nothing to talk about, so see it if you have nothing better to watch. It's just pure, brainless, kids funny entertainment at it's mediocre best!
August 2, 2010
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