Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock Reviews

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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.
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 1, 2009
Dives straight into whiz-bang gizmoland, opting for "pause, rewind" flourishes. Cute and enjoyable family fare, then, if a little forced.
August 24, 2009
In the Disneyfied dumbed-down marketplace for kids' films, there's something daring and even refreshing in a movie which messes with conventional narrative. If only it wasn't so frantic.
August 24, 2009
It's like a pre-teen Pulp Fiction.
August 24, 2009
The special effects aren't up to scratch and the scrappy, episodic conceit detracts rather than enhances.
August 21, 2009
The latest child's-eye adventure from Robert Rodriguez, Shorts doesn't hit the heights of his Spy Kids series. But it provides just enough smart, silly fun for families desperately seeking an easy escape from hazy August humidity.
August 21, 2009
The movie is as lumpy and misshapen as a giant booger.
August 21, 2009
Shorts may not be destined for long-term greatness -- it feels cheerfully disposable in every way -- but the film is also fast and funny, and grown-ups will not suffer sitting through it.
August 21, 2009
Rodriguez never lets things get too noisy or chaotic to follow, and he wraps everything up in a satisfying resolution that even slips in a stealth moral or two.
August 21, 2009
Yes, I realize this is a kids' movie, but that's no excuse for short-circuiting creativity.
August 21, 2009
My fourth-grader giggled maniacally. The 9-year-old in me did, too.
August 21, 2009
Be careful what you wish for, Shorts reminds us; you just might get it. Especially if that wishing was along the lines of a smart and funny kids' flick.
August 21, 2009
Magic vies with technology in this exuberant adventure comedy, which unfolds achronologically in a series of zany, effects-laden vignettes.
August 21, 2009
If parents feel like they've seen much of Shorts before, its celebration of mayhem and restless, thrill-seeking vibe will absorb young viewers, especially as the boredom of late summer begins to set in.
August 21, 2009
So structurally complicated that it almost qualifies as an experimental film and if it fails - as it does - it would be uncharitable to condemn Rodriguez for that.
August 21, 2009
Akin to watching a home movie made by your neighbor's kids if they happened to be the offspring of a millionaire filmmaker.
August 21, 2009
You can't fault the film's exuberance, but it's draggy in spots, with the grown-up cast outshone by Jolie Vanier's little terror - nattily monikered Helvetica Black.
August 21, 2009
Shorts is this summer's hip family flick.
August 21, 2009
Feels underwritten and overdressed.
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