Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock Reviews

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November 29, 2020
Childish, unrealistic, and immature - in a good way.
September 23, 2020
Featuring Rodriguez himself in no less than eight roles and six members of his family in the cast.
January 25, 2014
Light, silly fun, amiably performed by both its veteran cast and exuberant young 'uns.
November 18, 2011
Whether he's doing Sin City or Spy Kids, Rodriguez always infantilizes his audience, jolting our synapses and indulging our slavering desires for goop and gore.
April 4, 2011
August 9, 2010
It is a wildly self-indulgent fantasy adventure that should have gone straight to Youtube, where all 'Dad-thinks-he's-cool-with-a-camera' home videos belong.
December 12, 2009
Chaotic, messy, and horribly mind-numbing...
December 7, 2009
Yes, it's definitely made for the much younger set, but it also has quite a few zany little off guard touches, resulting in genuine laughs for anyone who can appreciate the humor.
December 6, 2009
...what poignancy is served injecting heavy messages about parenting... into a movie which glorifies the suburban existence, makes light of bullying, and gratuitously employs property destruction for comic effect?
November 20, 2009
...a mishmash of slapstick fights, tiny green men, galumphing alligators, nose picking, giant booger monsters, and endless silliness.
November 19, 2009
Shorts is constantly pinballing back and forth, from one thing to the next, in such a hyperactive fashion that one wishes it would just slow down a bit.
November 6, 2009
A fun trifle -- essentially, a homemade 'Little Rascals' update in which youngsters with a 'wishing rock' wreak accidental havoc (and create upright crocodiles, a giant dung beetle, a 'big bad booger' monster and an intellectual telepathic baby).
October 2, 2009
All of these adventures call on Rodriguez's fascination with visual effects, which could be tough on his human cast, but he has the wit to keep them in focus. All up, it's good fun.
September 24, 2009
A kid-friendly caper that's drunk a bit too much CGI-spiked red cordial.
September 14, 2009
Exactly the sort of kid-in-a-candy-store experience you'd expect.
September 10, 2009
Good clean fun is what Robert Rodriguez delivers in this energetic and inventive film about wishes and being connected.
September 5, 2009
Boy, is this dumb. I mean in the way that something can be so silly and disgusting it's dumb.
September 2, 2009
That potential is not realized in "Shorts" primarily because of the chaotic structure of the story, which lurches back through a series of disjointed flashbacks.
September 1, 2009
Dives straight into whiz-bang gizmoland, opting for "pause, rewind" flourishes. Cute and enjoyable family fare, then, if a little forced.
August 30, 2009
It's a vacuous feature, devoid of any charms; a cartoon mishmash missing fizz and ingenuity to make it bearable to any audience member crazy enough to evolve beyond a fascination with nostril functions.
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