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Short Term 12 Reviews

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October 21, 2013
A rollercoaster of emotions, bringing so much passion, energy, and creativity to the screen, Short Term 12 is absolutely a must-see film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 17, 2013
[A] sincere and heartening American indie set in short term accommodation for displaced children.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 10, 2013
Along the way all the characters' stories seamlessly and elegantly ripple into each other to form conclusions that contradict current social and political tendencies and movements that promote alienation and detachment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 3, 2013
It's one of those performances, like Elizabeth Olsen in "Martha Marcy May Marlene," where a young actress comes seemingly out of nowhere and becomes indelible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 2, 2013
There is no way I ought to have liked this movie -- yet I kind of loved it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 29, 2013
Takes a good whack at exploring the difficulties in treating an at-risk ward of short-term foster-care teenagers.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 23, 2013
A breakout role that will earn an Oscar nod if there's any justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 20, 2013
The unembellished emotional honesty conveyed in the indie drama Short Term 12 is so expertly handled that it carries the viewer past any hesitations harbored regarding the film's overly familiar storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 20, 2013
Appealingly people-driven, assuming that watching decent human beings strive to be their best selves is inherently interesting and worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
September 20, 2013
"Short Term 12" is a sly wonder of a film. It brings you into its unique world and then slowly reveals its characters, letting them unfold gradually, organically.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 19, 2013
Writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton wrings some effective drama from the group home's day-to-day routine. But it's Larson who shines as the caring but emotionally bruised Grace.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 19, 2013
The movie has an authenticity and intensity that derives from excellent performances by its young cast and a script that never panders to its characters or the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 15, 2013
Short Term 12 emerges out of nowhere and blindsides you in a way few movies could ever hope to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 15, 2013
Brutally honest, Beautifully hopeful
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 13, 2013
It's one of the best movies of the year and one of the truest portrayals I've ever seen about troubled teens and the people who dedicate their lives to trying to help them.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 13, 2013
In a film full of humane performances, Larson stands out, personifying the necessary vulnerability and strength Cretton captures of the workplace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 13, 2013
Short Term 12 captures the complex rhythms of institutional life -- for worker and inhabitant -- while weaving the story of Grace's journey through anguish toward, we hope, happiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 13, 2013
Difficult to describe without it sounding manipulative or melodramatic but I'll do my best. Trust me when I tell you that this is one of the best films you'll see all year. It's pure, true, and remarkably moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5.0
September 13, 2013
A beautiful effort that refuses the lure of cheap sentiment, electing to fashion characters worth inspection, feeling around the woe and frustration that informs each one of these superbly scripted personalities.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 13, 2013
"Short Term 12" may sound like confinement, but it's a redemptive and even funny film that invites us to stay and grow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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