Short Term 12


Short Term 12

Critics Consensus

Short Term 12 is an emphatic, revealing drama that pulls audiences into the perspective of neglected youths.



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I Am Not a Hipster director Destin Daniel Cretton expands his 2008 short of the same name into a feature film depicting the struggles of a compassionate twentysomething contending with some unexpected life developments while working as a supervisor at a home for at-risk teens. Grace (Brie Larson) has dedicated her life to helping kids who have slipped through the cracks of the system. Committed to her job and in love with kindhearted co-worker Mason (John Gallagher Jr.), she's still struggling to make sense of her own troubled past when she learns that her life is about to change forever. Meanwhile, into the facility walks a young girl who's been constantly shifted between group homes due to dangerous behavior. Almost immediately, Grace forges a powerful connection with her new charge. Now if Grace can just open up to Mason the way she encourages her kids to open up to her, she may find a way to make peace with the future while still providing support to the kids who depend on her the most. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Audience Reviews for Short Term 12

  • Jan 21, 2019
    Short Term 12 takes you on quite a ride from beginning to end, you really feel for and get to know the characters. The way it is shot makes you feel like you are there, great cinematography. I would watch this film again, it has a timeless essence that most people can relate to.
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  • May 17, 2016
    I fall in love with Brie Larson any time I watch her in a movie. This was wonderfully directed and great look into the lives of children in foster car as well as those who work in foster care
    Kameron W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2016
    Wonderfully acted by Brie Larson and exceeedingly emotive. You cannot help but care about the troubled teens and their outcome here. This film shows that no matter how it looks on the outside, we are all damaged in some way by our experiences, but, more importantly, it shows that there are people out there who still care.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2015
    Heart wrenching, intimate and breathtaking, Short Term 12 is a beautifully charming and sweet film, with a lovely performance from Brie Larson. Rating: 90
    Bradley J Super Reviewer

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