There's a little something for everyone.
| Original Score: B
Every film is a balance of style and storytelling, the ideas explored and the medium used to express them.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
This year's Live Action lineup honors a group of directors who've had successful careers in advertising, acting, recording, and arts activism.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Of the three different contests for best short film - documentary, live action and animation - the live action nominees are the strongest category.
If you're primed for the sudden shifts in tone, style, story and look, the payoff is one provocative and evocative film after another.
| Original Score: 4/5
A delightful set of films spanning genres, styles and the globe in just one outing.
Although all technically accomplished, this year's batch of live-action shorts is more uneven.
| Original Score: 3/4
Typically eclectic and entertaining.
In between these bookends are some fascinating and diverse offerings.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Lives up to its status as an annual Oscar-season treat.
| Original Score: 3/5
As unreliable as the Academy Awards may be at every possible level, it's a relief to encounter the 2013 Oscar-nominated shorts ...
My pick among the live action shorts is Shawn Christensen's "Curfew" (19 minutes), mainly because it has all the conventional elements required of a narrative film, and yet is also really out there.
| Original Score: 7/10
While there are few genuine knockouts, the 2013 crop is an improvement over last year.
[They] will expand your worldview.
I could see any of the live-action shorts winning the top prize, which is partly a reflection of their quality and partly because none truly stands out.
They may be short on humor, but they compassionately illuminate the state of our world, our frailties and foibles, and our capacity to survive the challenges that life throws at our feet.
My favorite film of the lot is the French-Belgian 'Death of a Shadow'... a steampunkish science fantasy...
A field of five films, every one as deserving and brilliant as the best of the best picture nominees this year.