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Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock Reviews

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 21, 2009
The movie is as lumpy and misshapen as a giant booger.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 21, 2009
Yes, I realize this is a kids' movie, but that's no excuse for short-circuiting creativity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 21, 2009
My fourth-grader giggled maniacally. The 9-year-old in me did, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
August 21, 2009
Magic vies with technology in this exuberant adventure comedy, which unfolds achronologically in a series of zany, effects-laden vignettes.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 21, 2009
Can we wish for a fresher subplot than that of pleasure-deadened grown-ups who live their lives in a stupor of consumerism?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
August 21, 2009
Shorts is this summer's hip family flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 21, 2009
Feels underwritten and overdressed.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 20, 2009
Fast-paced, imaginative and often cute, Shorts is slight but enjoyable family fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 20, 2009
Shorts channels the same gross-out overkill as the Captain Underpants books that parents endure and pre-teen boys so dearly love. The difference is that those books have an editor (and they're funnier).
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 20, 2009
It's like Shorts raided the concession stand and then has to sit slumped in its seat long after the sugar buzz wears off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 20, 2009
A little enthusiasm goes a long way, but Rodriguez's films too often demonstrate that it doesn't go far enough.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
August 20, 2009
Slipped into Robert Rodriguez's smart, funny, fast-as-lightning kids' movie, Shorts, are several sly comments on American culture and the tyranny of technology.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
August 19, 2009
Somewhere around the time a giant booger runs riot through the town, one wishes for a bit more adult supervision.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 19, 2009
Robert Rodriguez channels his inner 11-year-old with Shorts, a childish but fun wish fulfillment-fantasy for kids that's equal parts boogers, big messages and product placement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
August 18, 2009
A cute and mildly clever fantasy.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 10, 2009
The CG slapstick soon grows wearying and even predictable.
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Justin Chang
Variety
August 10, 2009
More zippy, diverting fun from Robert Rodriguez's family filmmaking factory.