Short Term 12 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Short Term 12 Reviews

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January 31, 2018
... a rare, unmissable gem; yes, it's a showcase for its stunning performers and necessary story, but it also pushes us to look at our own emotions, experiences, and relationships in the process ...
January 26, 2018
This feel-everything drama is one of those honest and intimate scripts that come out of nowhere to say something incredibly meaningful and memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 2, 2017
Moving into darker territory where the mumblecore milieu would never venture, Short Term 12 offers a much-needed corrective to the indie-darling set-particularly in its curiously optimistic ending.
October 7, 2016
[Larson] delivers a character that feels achingly human, and she does it brilliantly.
April 17, 2016
Cinematic without belying its "slice of life" vibe, emotionally enveloping without being saccharine, and wonderfully acted across the board.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 12, 2016
What could be a portrait of instability and institutional failings, however, becomes quite a moving story of the commitment of two counselors (Larson and John Gallagher Jr.) who came through the foster system themselves and take their jobs very seriously.
September 3, 2015
Larson delivers one of the great performances of 2013.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 28, 2015
Here is a movie overflowing with compassion, warmth and good humor.
October 17, 2014
Raw, intense, human and absorbing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 27, 2014
It's a wild, unruly mess of rampant emotions, and yes, some of them are painful, but there's a great deal of warmth and love here too. It's a truly wonderful movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 5, 2014
...the best film of 2013 so far. ... It will devastate you without warning and break your heart, all while showing you how to move on and feel hopeful again...
March 15, 2014
Brie Larson is superb in this brilliant exploration of life in a short term care facility where troubled teens try to find a way to survive in the care of compassionate men and women.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 10, 2014
A heartbreaking drama about the lingering affects of childhood abuse and neglect, even under the best of curative circumstances.
March 7, 2014
Short is all nuanced performances bathed in sumptuous Californian sunlight: its realism is reflected in its lo-fi aesthetic and naturalistic cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 20, 2014
Short Term 12 is cinema at its most compassionate, vulnerable, and human.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
February 7, 2014
Cretton is able to leap tall towers of everyday humour and humanity and then suddenly drop you into a pit of total, gut-wrenching sadness in a single bound.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
February 7, 2014
Short Term 12 hits hard at times, yet despite its potentially melodramatic subject matter, never once feels manipulative or overwrought.
February 7, 2014
Short Term 12 is the kind of cinematic rollercoaster that will make your heart swell one moment and leave you in tears the next. It's simply unmissable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 6, 2014
It's hilarious, it's sad, it's anger-inducing, it's warm.
January 23, 2014
A gripping and often compelling character study and a wonderful human drama.
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