2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action Reviews

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 20, 2019
My pick: Vincent Lambe's controversial and profoundly harrowing 'Detainment,' a dramatization of the real-life police interrogations of the 10-year-old boys who killed a toddler in England in 1993.
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 13, 2019
In a slate of assured, thought-provoking works, Detainment stands apart as exceptionally powerful and appropriately unsettling.
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 8, 2019
Grim dramas dominate in a generally strong program.
February 8, 2019
One of the shorts, 'Detainment,' is a profound, sobering drama featuring remarkable performances from its two young leads.
February 8, 2019
They represent the best in class from around the world and are selected on the basis of merit, but there are some uncannily unifying themes in evidence.
February 7, 2019
Skin is highly recommended, as is the "Live Action" shorts package in general.
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 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.
February 5, 2019
The 2019 Oscar nominated live action shorts hail from Spain, the UK, Canada and U.S., but while they take on many genres - true crime, mystery, coming of age adventure and drama - they all have one thing in common, death.
February 5, 2019
Review: The 2019 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action
February 5, 2019
Academy members need a collective hug. How else to explain the weird abundance of films about children in severe distress, and aging adults ruminating on loss and mortality?