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Shelter Reviews

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Dave White
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 23, 2009
At the epicenter of this tale is Zach (Trevor Wright is always a pleasure to watch but the measure of his acting talent requires a script with more scope to reveal his depth).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sarah Boslaugh
September 21, 2008
Complex characterizations by Wright and Rowe and outstanding cinematography by Joseph White make this film particularly worth checking out.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Grant Butler
April 11, 2008
There's real chemistry between the two actors.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
April 3, 2008
Shelter may only be shoreline deep, and its ending fanciful, but the film captures the beauty, thrill and ache of young love and extracts a casual joy out of the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Juergens
April 3, 2008
Shelter gives hope that gay romances have come of age.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Randy Myers
Contra Costa Times
March 28, 2008
In the sweet and sexy romance Shelter, the chemistry between two surfer guys magnetically played by Brad Rowe and newcomer Trevor Wright is so electric, so palatable that even the most ardent nitpickers won't break a sweat over the small stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
March 28, 2008
Shelter rises very high indeed, thanks to a superb performance by Trevor Wright in the lead role, a strong supporting cast, very good cinematography and, most of all, emotional authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 28, 2008
A confused young artist is torn between his family and his future in Shelter, a sensitive romantic drama from the writer and director Jonah Markowitz.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
March 27, 2008
Rowe displays new authority and confidence, as if lately he's been looking in the mirror and seeing himself, rather than that other, more famous blond.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 21, 2008
What could have been a standard-issue coming-out, coming-of-age movie develops a remarkable intimacy.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 8, 2008
It feels like it's written by a film school freshman that's trying to be innovative, but everything feels forced and flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 4, 2008
An awkward, phony melodrama you don't need to be homophobic to hate.
| Original Score: 0/4
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
April 4, 2008
The first theatrical release from the here! Network's Independent Film Initiative, shaves the edges off the genre's hoariest tendencies, for which it deserves credit and will hopefully be the start of a trend. But it's still an uninspiring drama.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
April 4, 2008
A coming-out, coming-of-age movie that is mediocre and very well-intentioned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 31, 2008
All the muted, oh-so-painful male bonding grows tiresome and predictable.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 28, 2008
Shelter is a gay movie like other American gay movies. Boy meets boy. Boy comes out. Boys fight opposition. Opposition caves. If there's life beyond the closet, too few movies know it exists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
March 25, 2008
Well-acted but rife with cliché.
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
March 23, 2008
The first project of the here! gay television network's new movie initiative, Shelter regrettably plays closer to Lifetime fodder.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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