Gimme Shelter Reviews

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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 27, 2014
Hudgens captures both the defiance and fear of a girl at this crossroads. Her performance elevates what's often a trite and heavy-handed script.
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.
Top Critic
January 24, 2014
It is the galvanizing force of Vanessa Hudgens who catapults Gimme Shelter above the heartbreaking level of soap opera with a lancing effect.
January 24, 2014
The film is hamstrung by its fidelity to real-life inspirational models.
January 24, 2014
A predictable story of redemption that happens awfully fast, to a girl who only seems to be in peril briefly - and has a rich dad to bail her out.
January 24, 2014
A happy-smiley Christian fairy tale disguised as a hard-hitting shard of social realism.
January 24, 2014
We're drawn in because Hudgens is so good at making this wild child real.
January 24, 2014
The script is often obvious, with all feelings laid out too cleanly, but both actresses still manage to create a jagged relationship based on their characters' codependence and shared traumas.
January 23, 2014
Writer/director Strauss embraces the spiritual elements of this story.
January 23, 2014
It's so determined to deliver its moral that it loses its grip on the reality of its characters.
January 23, 2014
"Gimme Shelter" doesn't trust the power of its own story - and the truth of its acting - to deliver the point.
January 23, 2014
On the Venn diagram where "Preachy Kirk Cameron-esque sermon movie" overlaps with "former child star looking to prove his/her dramatic chops," you'll find the overwrought and undercooked Gimme Shelter.
January 23, 2014
Over all this is further indication Hudgens is carving out an interesting, productive career path as a film actress.
January 23, 2014
Filled with very good intentions, very bad dialogue and a surprisingly affecting turn by its star Vanessa Hudgens.
January 23, 2014
Cogently written and powerfully acted, it's a story about an outcast pregnant teen desperately seeking to survive in a world from which she feels all hope has fled.
January 23, 2014
Plays like an after-school TV special. Shot after school. At the gym.
January 23, 2014
Gimme Shelter appears hijacked by the Christian right. Propaganda is a b**ch to act. And this misguided movie leaves Hudgens buried in it.
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