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Short Term 12 Reviews

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January 8, 2014
An unexpectedly moving character study about welfare and painful upbringings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 23, 2013
A powerful and passionate film that presents its flawed characters in an honest and heartbreaking fashion that will be hard to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
December 16, 2013
Sufferers of 'Stendhal syndrome' - that singularly wonderful and hopelessly human disorder in which people confronted with particularly beautiful artworks become dizzy and often faint - beware.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 14, 2013
It's often heartbreaking, but ultimately the film takes us to a truthful yet positive conclusion
December 14, 2013
While the topics are serious and the film heartfelt as it provides a genuine insight into troubled lives, there is a surprising lightness about much of the experience, making the bitter-sweet journey all the more rewarding
December 10, 2013
Brie Larson is very impressive as the caring, funny supervisor whose own demons threaten to engulf her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 10, 2013
The performances, too, are uniformly splendid, especially from Brie Larson as Grace and John Gallagher as Mason.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 10, 2013
If we're lucky -- if the tides are right and the winds are calm -- we might get one or two movies a year as good as Short Term 12.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 10, 2013
Short Term 12 will having you laughing one minute and tearing up in the next.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 10, 2013
There are so many pitfalls, and it seems like every TV movie version of the story falls into all of them at the same time. But in Short Term 12, writer-director Destin Cretton manages to skillfully step over all of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 10, 2013
Sacramento native Brie Larson gives one of the best performances of the year in Short Term 12, an affecting drama from writer-director Dustin Cretton.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 10, 2013
Set in a foster-care facility outside of San Francisco, this independent drama is vivid and heartfelt in its depiction of social work, at times recalling some of Frederick Wiseman's great documentary portraits.
December 9, 2013
...an engaging, emotional little drama that bodes well for Cretton's future endeavors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 26, 2013
There's a hilariously scatological tale told at the beginning, a sweetly uplifting one at the end, and in the middle a parable about a lonely octopus that may be the most heartbreaking thing you'll hear all year.
November 15, 2013
Crettin's script delivers warm, humorous dialogue and his direction a wealth of naturalistic performances, chief among them Larson's understated, incandescent turn as Grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2013
The film's climax feels a little rushed and overwrought, but the movie's real resonance is its exploration of empathy and vocation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2013
Cretton is not afraid to be uncool; he embraces the strong emotions that scare some indie filmmakers and that scar -- in some cases literally -- his young characters. The result is a movie that is passionate, compassionate and has the ring of truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 14, 2013
At times Short Term 12 seems uncertain where it's going, but this matches the circumstances of both staff and residents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2013
A wonderfully authentic film about the families built from the fragments of broken homes
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 7, 2013
Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) is outstanding in the leading, tripled-edged role of Grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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