Director Azazel Jacobs delivers a naturalistic and entirely absorbing drama about a boy on the verge of self-awareness, capturing the awkward horrors and unexpected surprises that make up everyone's adolescence.
| Original Score: 4/5
A sweet and subtle comedy about the awkwardness of adolescence.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Terri is a broken-hearted dramedy about what it really means to be a misfit (and not the actually-a-smoking-hottie kind of misfit seen in Glee).
| Original Score: 3.5/5
While Wysocki is the heart and soul of the movie, giving a performance well beyond his years, it is Reilly who is the life force that propels the film forward.
Terri may be strange, but it's a good, heartfelt strange that resonates long after the film ends.
| Original Score: B
[An] emotionally acute indie comedy by Azazel Jacobs.
A quietly funny teen drama that's capable of surprise
The movie makes no concession to conventional, Hollywood storytelling, and at times seems to have little structure at all.
| Original Score: C+
Like its title character, an obese high-school misfit who wears pajamas to school because they're comfortable, Terri grows on you.
| Original Score: 3/4
A compressed parable of the teenage years, sometimes dazzling in its emotional sweep and yet another reason to keep a close eye on Jacobs.
| Original Score: B+
"Terri" is almost an anti-teen-coming-of-age teen-coming-of-age movie. And it's terrific.
Jacobs deftly handles the story's many moods, painting a picture of youth as a crazy, tragicomic time when even a wounded caregiver can make a world of difference.
"Terri" is a challenging but rewarding throwback to a time when independent films weren't just stepping stones on the road to Hollywood.
It's a modest little film, but it's beautifully done.
Jacobs and talented cinematographer Tobias Datum once again do a deft job conveying the texture of a home, this time the unkempt, jammed warren Terri shares with his Uncle James.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Stories about high school misfits form a substantial if commonplace subgenre of indie film dramas, so just by standing out from the pack, Azazel Jacobs' Terri is already marked with distinction.
| Original Score: 3/5
This band of strong, fascinating characters overcomes the otherwise awkward combination of script elements.
Much of the movie's success rests on the ample shoulders of Jacob Wysocki, who finds a sweet guileless spot as the title character.
The movie avoids clichés but also the big dramatic payoff we have every right to expect.
A hit-and-miss affair with some scenes and relationships ringing true and others drowning in a deep pool of artifice.