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Universal acclaim- based on 106 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: 21 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 1 out of 22
  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. most importantly, it has addressed an important issue very skillfully and flawlessly. 10/10 Expand
  2. Jan 28, 2014
    10
    One of the best movies of 2013. Incredible performances and Brie Larson is AMAZING! Wonderful script. Tough subject matter beautifully handled. Loved everthing about the movie. Expand
  3. Mar 27, 2014
    10
    Easily one of the best films of the year that delivers in every facet. Strongest is the incredible script by Destin Cretton and the wonderful characters, most especially the supporting characters that give credibility to a story about foster care facilities. Yes, Brie Larson is stellar and John Gallagher, Jr. is incredible with a kind of chemistry rarely on screen, but the small performances of the supporting cast are what really gave this film heart. It is heartbreakingly empathetic in ways only films can be. I cannot wait to see what director Destin Daniel Cretton. Expand
  4. Jan 25, 2014
    9
    This movie came with a surprise, keeping everything so simple. The director's first full length feature which is actually based on his short movie of the same name. This movie tells the story of a group of young foster-care home supervisors and teenagers who live under their observation.

    A realistic movie with well balanced between characters and its narration. It was very much original subject and also in a believable manner. The movie with not-so-popular actors had achieved something every beginner filmmaker wanted to prove their direction skills. From screenplay to performances, it was outstanding.

    It all begins with a character Grace, a staff at a foster house facility and her co-worker as well her boyfriend, Mason. When a new staff joins them, soon, an another new kid called Jayden brought into the house under the supervision. After some incident Grace and Jayden begin to merge in emotionally for having a similar kinda previous events. Grace gets disturbed and her life begins to trouble the present. With all this, how she gonna face the current situation is the movie to be told in the remains.

    It had a very good opening sequence. Later on it went little slow but I liked as it was described in such pace to bring quality in drama. The second half is what everyone is going to love the movie for carrying striking storyline. The sustainable pace and story with expansion in broad was the highlight of the last quarter of the movie narration.

    As I expected it was not a commercial product, but definitely it will be recognizable in film festival arenas. It is not your usual movie that you had seen in Hollywood. Honestly, one of the 2013's best movie drama. 'Short Term 12' is the movie will be a turning point for many in their career, especially for the actress and the director.
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  5. Sep 9, 2013
    9
    This is Destin Cretton's second movie as a Director and a Writer. And I would say, a very impressive one.
    The movie is about life in a
    facility for teenagers from abusive families. It focuses on kids
    who live there and stuff who work there.
    I found the movie incredibly honest and delicate. Very strong acting performance. Brie Larson
    who plays Grace, in my opinion, deserves to be nominated for Oscar. Overall, it is an excellent movie.
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  6. Aug 25, 2013
    9
    Extremely well-written film. This story has been told 100 times, but not nearly as elegantly as this time. And the two leads are simply outstanding. It would be a shame if Brie Larson isn't mentioned for her performance come award season. 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 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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