Short Term 12

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Universal acclaim- based on 143 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Katie Walsh
    Apr 10, 2013
    100
    Short Term 12 is a roller coaster of every emotion, managing to be both heartwarming and heartrending at once.
  2. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Aug 22, 2013
    100
    Short Term 12 is a small wonder, a film of exceptional naturalness and empathy that takes material about troubled teenagers and young adults that could have been generic and turns it into something moving and intimate.
  3. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    Oct 28, 2013
    100
    Short Term 12 is a miracle of a movie. Beautifully written and perfectly played, all of human life is here: the good, the bad, the messy and the uplifting.
  4. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Apr 10, 2013
    87
    [Brie Larson's] performance is something of a quiet revelation, and in turn, the same could be said of the film itself.
  5. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Aug 20, 2013
    80
    Short Term 12 isn’t without drawbacks, occasionally dipping into a too-neat narrative tidiness and a self-conscious sloppiness. Yet the film’s charms and ability to cut through jadedness despite the subject matter makes it a rarity — a modest indie that’s feels like it’s in it for the long haul.
  6. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Aug 31, 2013
    75
    Short Term 12 is that rare movie gutsy enough to tell the truth about love: that it’s not a poetic longing or a magical-thinking happy ending, but a skill. And, the film suggests, we all have the capacity to learn it.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Nov 3, 2013
    40
    There's a too-cute-to-be-true ending to this US indie movie by the much-acclaimed young director Destin Cretton; I couldn't buy it, and found myself wondering if I had kept the receipt for the rest of the film too.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Apr 23, 2014
    10
    this is clearly one of the best films of the year. the screenplay, the direction, the acting, the casting, everything is incredible. mostthis is clearly one of the best films of the year. the screenplay, the direction, the acting, the casting, everything is incredible. most importantly, it has addressed an important issue very skillfully and flawlessly. 10/10 Expand
  2. Oct 5, 2013
    10
    Short Term 12 is really well written movie with believable actors and characters. The lead role actors, Brie Larson and John Gallagher areShort Term 12 is really well written movie with believable actors and characters. The lead role actors, Brie Larson and John Gallagher are exceptionally good and hold the movie. I can only imagine how tough it is to work in a facility with at-risk teenagers. My heart goes out to the abused, if feel their pain. Props go to Kevin Hernandez who lends some hot salsa flavor to the film. Overall a feel good movie. When I left the theater, the sun was particularly bright, I was in a somber mood and quiet was the day, that I broke into the tears. A MUST SEE FILM!!! Expand
  3. Mar 21, 2014
    10
    Short Term 12 gives itself time to take shape, but once we are on board it ends up becoming greatly powerful and passionate in its telling ofShort Term 12 gives itself time to take shape, but once we are on board it ends up becoming greatly powerful and passionate in its telling of vast emotional intricacy, determination and resonance. It is a simple film on paper, but overwhelmingly deep in life, body and soul. It is a heartwarming film and a heart wrenching film. By the end, we have a big smile on our faces and see that our characters’ lives come full circle for the best intentions. You can’t expect or want more from this film.

    Brie Larson gives a most natural performance as Grace who is in general charge of the facility, though she is not the boss, a psychologist or even a therapist. She is simply a friendly, kind and interactive role model for these hardened kids. Larson has been a gem on the indie screen for the last few years and she certainly has a long and lustrous career ahead of her. She carries the show here.

    What is so wonderful about this film is that we get to meet and follow more than one resident’s story. This isn’t a plot overdrive, everything adds up justifiably and we should, in fact, be grateful. The film is perceived to avoid the loophole of sentimentality and offer a window into convincing and manifold characters. Destin Daniel Cretton, the director, reportedly worked as a staff member at a place such like the one shown in Short Term 12. This shows through his material and ability to bring together multiple stories with such fluency and emotional impact. He ensures his characters are worthy of love and attention.

    A new arrival to the foster home, Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever) seems to be one of the most deeply troubled, and is a ‘cutter’ as they call it. It is through Jaydan that we learn more about Grace’s dark past, as they strike a sweet and subtle connection with one another. One may doubt Grace’s ability to stand in the position of authority that she holds; Grace is yet to see closure with her own issues, but she is great at what she does through her kindness of heart. It’s no surprise why she does this job: she doesn’t want anyone to have to suffer the same way she did.

    Due to her deeply routed internal struggles, Grace struggles to give real intimacy; she cannot commit and is prone to sudden emotional bursts that seem completely irrelevant at the time. This is obviously a problem for her boyfriend of three years, Mason (John Gallagher Jr.). Mason is a nice guy and does exceedingly well not to grab his bags and head for the hills; he will fight for what he believes in. Mason tells two wonderful stories that act as opening and closure for the film. One is funny and sets the day-to-day tone of conversation and spirit in the workplace, whereas the other is one of inspiration and romance that ends the picture suggesting that all the characters have taken a path of elevation.
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  4. Mar 30, 2014
    9
    This is easily one of the best scripts of 2013.

    It's interesting seeing how the characters' backstory is gradually revealed throughout the
    This is easily one of the best scripts of 2013.

    It's interesting seeing how the characters' backstory is gradually revealed throughout the movie, and the characters are amazing to watch, thanks in large to great and captivating performances by the entire cast.

    There is a lot of emotion in this work. In some scenes you feel like laughing, while crying in others, and you're deeply touched in all of them.

    A very beautiful film, one which i'm surprised wasn't recognized in any way at the Oscars or the Golden Globe.
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  5. Jul 8, 2015
    9
    Even though the movie deals with a sore subject, one is left with a feeling of hope. A movie of feeling that will at times make you laugh andEven though the movie deals with a sore subject, one is left with a feeling of hope. A movie of feeling that will at times make you laugh and then bring you down to the basement with the characters. Certainly fantastic performances all around (seriously) and especially from the leading lady (fantastic.) I so want to know those characters; when a movie leaves you like that - it's good. A stellar effort. Expand
  6. Jul 19, 2015
    8
    This movie is fantastic - full of wonderful performances, especially by the lead roles. There is a real heart and soul in this movie, and itThis movie is fantastic - full of wonderful performances, especially by the lead roles. There is a real heart and soul in this movie, and it leaves you feeling like you have spent the time well. Expand
  7. Mar 16, 2014
    2
    Not believable. The history of the lead was improbable. More like a documentary but was too neatly linked up to a matching unbelievableNot believable. The history of the lead was improbable. More like a documentary but was too neatly linked up to a matching unbelievable conclusion. Tried to pull all the emotional strings, if you don't fall for it then waiting for the ending was all that was worth waiting for. Expand

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