Reviews for this film from our members:
Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie
Excerpt: Short Term 12 is graced by an elegant simplicity and honesty that makes it one of the best films of the year.
Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
Excerpt: In addressing Grace’s difficult past and their hold on her present, Cretton proves deft in the art of suggestions, distributing little clues without special attention yet which add up for the attentive viewer.
Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
Excerpt: Appealingly people-driven, assuming that watching decent human beings strive to be their best selves is inherently interesting and worthwhile.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
Excerpt: A sensitive and well-acted drama about a wounded healer and the challenges she faces in her work with troubled kids and in her own psyche from the pain of the past.
Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
Excerpt: The entire cast, including newcomer Alex Calloway, comes together under Cretton’s direction to immerse us in this heartbreaking yet hopeful world. “Short Term 12” is a small yet significant miracle.
Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
Excerpt: Such is the power of Brie Larson’s performance that it is, I assure you, what people will remember SHORT TERM 12 for, both at the end of the year and perhaps far into the future.
Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
Excerpt: [Q]uite remarkably, even in the face of the trauma and rage and despair of its characters, Short Term 12 remains hopeful.
Dustin Freeley @ MoviesAboutGladiators.com
Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
Excerpt: Acclaimed at film festivals, this is a sensitive, poignant, distressing psychological drama about troubled adolescents.
Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
Excerpt: A film like Short Term 12 emerges out of nowhere and blindsides you in a way few movies could ever hope to, and serves as a reminder of why you fell in love with cinema in the first place.
Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
Excerpt: Insightfully observed and unwaveringly honest, heartrending and sensitive, but also groundedly funny and wise, “Short Term 12” sheds light on a fresh, underserved milieu: a foster-care community center.
Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
| [New – 2/27/14] Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
Excerpt: Being institutionalized for any reason, absent parents, abusive home life, anger management issues, puts a terrible strain on the caregivers. Short Term 12 looks at how a damaged woman focuses her own experiences into attempting to help those who share a common history.
Piers Marchant @ Sweet Smell of Success
Mike McGranaghan @ Film Racket
Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
Excerpt: Short Term 12 is an indie that is a little too folksy and a little too positive to give a true representation of it’s subject matter but it is nonetheless a heartfelt and honest depiction. Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
John Nesbit @ Old School Reviews
Excerpt: remarkably authentic
R. Kurt Osenlund @ Slant Magazine
Michael Pattison @ Grolsch Film Works
Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]
Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live
Excerpt: Bring tissues if you’re prone to cry. “Short Term 12” will sneak up on you at unexpected moments.
Stephen Silver @ EntertainmentTell
Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit
Excerpt: Short Term 12 reaches a level of storytelling perfection that cinema very rarely reaches.
Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
Excerpt: Independent dramas don’t come better conceived or executed than this impressive debut by writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton.
Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
Excerpt: Though the film’s script relies a bit too much on convenience, especially in the third act, its cast bursts with such vitality and heart that it’s winning all the same.
Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
Excerpt: On balance, Short Term 12 is an affecting and generous work of filmmaking
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