2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary Reviews

February 22, 2020
Lifeboat is almost indistinguishable from 4.1 Miles, a nominee on the same topic from several years back, while Period comes across more like a commercial for the Pad Project than a real attempt at a stand-alone film.
April 24, 2019
The rather long (143 minutes) Documentary Shorts program offers a solid lineup. Two (Period. End of Sentence and End Game) are available as originals on Netflix.
February 19, 2019
My pick: Marshall Curry's 'A Night at the Garden,' presenting footage from a 1939 'pro-America' rally in New York City, a chilling reminder of the unpleasant cycles of American history.
February 18, 2019
When you account for their faults, this is still an illuminating group of topical films that speak to the world we live in at this moment, where issues of racism, health care, immigration and extremist politics remain as prevalent as ever.
Top Critic
February 15, 2019
Despite the heavy subject matter and longer average run-times, the films in this showcase are the strongest group of the three Oscar short film categories.
February 11, 2019
All worth watching, whether together or separately.
February 10, 2019
In the wake of the president's State of the Union address, I thought it opportune to deliver my State of the Oscar Shorts for 2019. And, sad to report, they are anything but strong.
February 7, 2019
A program worth seeing.
February 7, 2019
This year's Oscar-nominated shorts carry plenty of emotional weight in their compact running times with stories that span life's breadth.
February 7, 2019
Rarely has the short film category, especially the features and animated films, been dominated so completely by children in extreme distress and mopey narratives about aging. Some of them are extremely good.
February 7, 2019
Documentary shorts... provide their share of sad tales, but here, engaging filmmaking can temper the despair...
February 6, 2019
Each film, some more artful than others, offers a taut packet of upsetting emotions: anger, grief, outrage, and horror, with only tentative glimpses of hope. Why watch them? Because you must not look away.
February 5, 2019
Four of the short documentary nominees hail from the U.S., but I'm putting my money on the U.K. entry, "Black Sheep," with "Period. End of Sentence." a close second.
February 5, 2019
Review: The 2019 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentary