2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action Reviews

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Top Critic
February 15, 2019
From a son of white supremacists to real-life child murderers, the young men in four out of five of this year's films plunge into a darkness where adults fear not tread.
February 8, 2019
Grim dramas dominate in a generally strong program.
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
Four of the titles in question feature a child in some kind of horrific danger - whether it involves kidnapping, murder, accidental death or racial violence.
February 6, 2019
What awful childhood traumas are gnawing at the members of the Academy's short films and feature animation branch?
February 6, 2019
The future may look grim in these four shorts, but at least the next generation will have some great actors. All of the children in these shorts are excellent.
April 24, 2019
Not particularly child-friendly, this ... features five one-word titles ranging from 17 to 30 minutes in length, with a breakdown that brings two films from Quebec, one from Spain, an Irish entry, and a striking film from the United States.
April 16, 2019
Some strong shorts make up a horrendously depressing slate.
February 22, 2019
This year's Oscar nominees represent a strong and diverse sampling of what can be achieved in a single reel, as it were.
February 22, 2019
Take it from me: watch the documentary and animated shorts and leave most of these alone. This is unquestionably an off year for this category and certainly not representative of its greatest abilities.
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