Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 36 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 121 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
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.

See all 36 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 1 out of 23
  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. Jan 28, 2014
    10
    One of the best movies of 2013. Incredible performances and Brie Larson is AMAZING! Wonderful script. Tough subject matter beautifullyOne 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. Collapse
  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 wonderfulEasily 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. 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.
    Expand
  5. 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 simplyExtremely 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
  6. Sep 30, 2013
    8
    "Short Term 12" is a film that could have fallen easily into the "movie of the week" context, with the dramas of child abuse, however director"Short Term 12" is a film that could have fallen easily into the "movie of the week" context, with the dramas of child abuse, however director Destin Cretton, wisely chooses to follow Grace, a young woman who has survived difficult ordeals, and who wants to provide help and guidance for the children. The film allows for these characters to fully live and have dimension, and much of it's core and heart, comes from the interaction of the actors. The director is also very successful in capturing the frailty of children's lives and expectations, as is in the way it captures the hardship of a young relationship and the steps to becoming a responsible adult. The threads that the film successfully builds are as delicate as they are strong in it's emotional impact. Brie Larson has a fantastic performance as the experienced, yet frail Grace, as does Kaitlyn Dever as the young Jayden. The film also benefits from the beautiful cinematography from Brett Pawlak. A great film not to be missed. 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

See all 23 User Reviews

Trailers

Related Articles

  1. 2013 Film Critic Top Ten Lists

    2013 Film Critic Top Ten Lists Image
    Published: December 8, 2013
    Throughout the coming weeks, we'll be collecting year-end top ten lists from dozens of movie critics and publications. Browse the individual lists and view our composite rankings inside.