Gimme Shelter Reviews

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April 3, 2019
Gimme Shelter was clearly made with good intentions, and if nothing else, Krauss and Hudgens deliver their message with conviction. Problem is, the vessel they've constructed to deliver said message is chock-full of holes.
March 4, 2015
Gimme Shelter plays more like a Lifetime movie or after school special.
September 3, 2014
The film's complicating force and conflict undeniably real, its thrust is defeated by clichéd treatment and uninspired performances.
April 21, 2014
It's the kind of movie that touts itself as 'inspirational,' and it feels like a made-for-TV melodrama.
February 6, 2014
There's a whole [other] film to be made [...]-one driven less by hysterics and villainous mother figures, and more by examples of how charity and compassion can turn dead ends into doorways-but Gimme Shelter doesn't seem to want to make it.
January 31, 2014
For all of its heavy-handed huffing and puffing, the low-budget drama doesn't have much meat to its message.
January 31, 2014
Abuse and teen pregnancy are themes in flawed family drama.
January 31, 2014
... a meatier role than Hudgens' chops can chew but she's constantly watchable, trying too hard to keep it real.
January 30, 2014
The result is awkward, hyped propaganda for faith-based initiatives and against abortion.
January 30, 2014
What remains is a poor man's Precious, with all the earlier film's go-for-broke melodrama but none of its weirdness or empathy for the impoverished.
January 27, 2014
An after-school special blown up on the big screen, it stridently aims to inspire you. More likely, it'll make you cringe.
January 24, 2014
I think I would've rather seen this depicted a 5-minute feature on a newscast than to stretch it out over a feature film.
January 24, 2014
Gimme Shelter plays like a particularly slick and somewhat natural version of a plainly average PAX TV after-school special about teen pregnancy.
January 24, 2014
Gimme Shelter feels like the final result of a C-grade director having watched Precious and deciding that he could do better.
January 24, 2014
The movie plays too much with extremes. The opening is needlessly sleazy. This leads to an ending that plays out needlessly schmaltzy and corny.
January 24, 2014
[Hudgens is] more shrill than gritty, and one takes pity on an actor trying very, very, very hard to prove that she can do more than smirk and/or wear bikinis.
January 24, 2014
The kind of film that outfits a potentially compelling story with politically convenient signposts - not understanding that sometimes, getting out of the way of a good tale is the best kind of polemical strategy.
January 24, 2014
The film is hamstrung by its fidelity to real-life inspirational models.
January 24, 2014
It's a feature-length pamphlet.
January 24, 2014
Writer/director Ron Krauss gives this 'based on a true story' an Afterschool Special feel with vaguely unsettling Holy Roller overtones, a secret agenda delivered like cod liver oil.
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