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Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock Reviews

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Michael Dequina
January 25, 2014
Light, silly fun, amiably performed by both its veteran cast and exuberant young 'uns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Foster
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.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 12, 2009
Chaotic, messy, and horribly mind-numbing...
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rubin Safaya
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?
Full Review | Original Score: C
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 20, 2009
...a mishmash of slapstick fights, tiny green men, galumphing alligators, nose picking, giant booger monsters, and endless silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Anders Wotzke
September 24, 2009
A kid-friendly caper that's drunk a bit too much CGI-spiked red cordial.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Hamblin
SFX Magazine
September 14, 2009
Exactly the sort of kid-in-a-candy-store experience you'd expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 10, 2009
Good clean fun is what Robert Rodriguez delivers in this energetic and inventive film about wishes and being connected.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
September 5, 2009
Boy, is this dumb. I mean in the way that something can be so silly and disgusting it's dumb.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ed Gibbs
Empire Magazine
September 1, 2009
Dives straight into whiz-bang gizmoland, opting for "pause, rewind" flourishes. Cute and enjoyable family fare, then, if a little forced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
Dark Horizons
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.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 29, 2009
This is a movie only an 8 year old could make up, or Robert who seems to be insanely connected to his kids. And that's a wonderful thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jackie K. Cooper
August 25, 2009
A movie aimed at kids which will have adults complaining it isn't short enough
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 25, 2009
This loud and energetic work won't add much value to family frolic films and messages that warn one to be careful what you wish for.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 24, 2009
Although it's a film that's constructed around wish-fulfilment gone awry and a series of madcap chases, Shorts also has a heart. Rodriguez's best kids film yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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