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Short Term 12 Reviews

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J. Olson
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
Sean Axmaker
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.
Justin Gerber
Consequence of Sound
September 3, 2015
Larson delivers one of the great performances of 2013.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
Here is a movie overflowing with compassion, warmth and good humor.
Lewis Beale
News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
October 17, 2014
Raw, intense, human and absorbing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
Mark Hughes
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...
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
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
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 10, 2014
A heartbreaking drama about the lingering affects of childhood abuse and neglect, even under the best of curative circumstances.
Rachel Bowles
The Skinny
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
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
Short Term 12 is cinema at its most compassionate, vulnerable, and human.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground
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
Tom Clift
FILMINK (Australia)
February 7, 2014
Short Term 12 hits hard at times, yet despite its potentially melodramatic subject matter, never once feels manipulative or overwrought.
Garry McConnachie
Daily Record (UK)
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
Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine
February 6, 2014
It's hilarious, it's sad, it's anger-inducing, it's warm.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 23, 2014
A gripping and often compelling character study and a wonderful human drama.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 15, 2014
Short Term 12 offers the most concrete proof yet that Brie Larson will be with us long-term.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mike McGranaghan
Film Racket
January 12, 2014
a monumental work of compassion
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dominic Corry
January 9, 2014
There's an 'American' quality to its social conscience that I cannot recall perceiving in any other recent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer
January 8, 2014
An unexpectedly moving character study about welfare and painful upbringings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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