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Short Term 12 Reviews

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Jeff Beck
August 22, 2013
Cretton needs to realize that you don't need to hit your audience over the head repeatedly with emotional high notes. A few are fine, but if your characters are well-rounded, engaging, and acted with heart, then they'll speak fine for themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Bradshaw
November 1, 2013
Well intentioned, but somehow inauthentic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Justin Gerber
Consequence of Sound
September 3, 2015
Larson delivers one of the great performances of 2013.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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...
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+
Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine
February 6, 2014
It's hilarious, it's sad, it's anger-inducing, it's warm.
Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer
January 8, 2014
An unexpectedly moving character study about welfare and painful upbringings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Robbins
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
Despite the heavy subject matter, the film never bogs down into the daily grief it depicts, but maintains a jaunty current of humor that counterbalances its melodramatic content.
Daniel Barnes
Sacramento News & Review
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
Travis Hopson
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
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Matthew Kassel
New York Observer
August 20, 2013
Short Term 12 strikes a delicate balance between emotional turbulence and artful understatement.
Griffin Vacheron
We Got This Covered
August 23, 2013
Short Term 12 will remind you why you like movies. It tells a beautiful story, brings to life vivid and real characters, and will leave you breathless but undoubtedly still smiling.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 17, 2013
[A] sincere and heartening American indie set in short term accommodation for displaced children.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Viner
Daily Mail [UK]
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
Flossie Topping
Screen International
June 17, 2013
Honest and striking, this is a drama that will have audiences simultaneously laughing and crying.
Curtis Woloschuk
Paste Magazine
August 23, 2013
Ultimately, it's because of what goes unsaid in the film that its various onscreen relationships feel authentic and lived in.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.2/10
Katie Walsh
The Playlist
March 10, 2013
A Heartrending, Heartwarming & Authentic Portrait of Life At A Foster Care Facility
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jamie S. Rich
September 5, 2013
Bring tissues if you're prone to cry. "Short Term 12" will sneak up on you at unexpected moments.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post
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
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