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  • Summary: Eleven-year-old Toe Thompson is the designated punching bag for the bullies of the suburban community of Black Falls, where his and everyone else's parents work for Black Box Industries, makers of the do-it-all gadget that's sweeping the nation. But during a freak storm, a mysterious Rainbow Rock, which grants wishes to anyone who finds it, falls from the sky. Suddenly, the neighborhood that Toe already thinks is weird is about to get a lot weirder. As the Rainbow Rock ricochets around the town--from kid to kid and parent to parent--wishes-come-true quickly turn the neighborhood upside down in a wild rampage of everything from tiny aliens to giant boogers. The magical fantasy adventure Shorts is told through a series of interwoven not-so-tall tales that each brings to life the sometimes wonderful, often terrible, and totally out-of-control wishes that become far more than Toe and his neighbors ever imagined. (Warner Bros.) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    More zippy, diverting fun from Robert Rodriguez's family filmmaking factory.
  2. Rodriguez, is a hack in the best sense of the term, often serving as producer, director, writer, shooter and composer – all of which come into play for Shorts .
  3. Magic vies with technology in this exuberant adventure comedy, which unfolds achronologically in a series of zany, effects-laden vignettes.
  4. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    A cute and mildly clever fantasy.
  5. I'm not sure if parents will be counting out each of Shorts 89 minutes or not, begging for it to end, but I'm guessing 8-year-olds will absolutely love it, because Rodriguez isn't talking down to them or using pop-culture references in place of actual gags; he's making what might be called eye-level children's entertainment.
  6. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    The problem with Shorts is in the execution. The blown-up plot line at times derails even the little ones, the many fine comedic grown-ups are mostly squandered, and the "message" part of the movie feels like it was thrown together during detention, resulting in a wrap-up that is rushed and cloyingly PC.
  7. 25
    The movie is as lumpy and misshapen as a giant booger.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. May 26, 2012
    The shorts out of order thing is obviously a weird gimmick to attempt to make it seem cooler. It does get a little out of hand, but my family found it to be pretty fun to watch Expand
  2. Nov 10, 2011
    All that I could say is that it was just OK because the story was OK, the acting was OK and the whole rest of the movie was just OK. There was nothing GREAT about this movie and there was not anything BAD. Expand
  3. RickA
    Sep 15, 2009
    This was one of those that was just o k. I did not like or dislike this movie. Worth the money is a question only you can answer after seeing this one. Expand
  4. ShawnP
    Aug 24, 2009
    Random and pointless.
  5. Nov 16, 2013
    Shorts is far too long.
    The movie is absolutely terrible, horrible kids movie, and just awful in general. The script is bad, the acting is
    bad, and the entire premise is just terrible. Expand
  6. MR
    Sep 8, 2009
    If any bona fide film "critic" gave this film a favorable review, he/she is clearly being paid to do so by the studio. This movie is downright awful.
  7. Dec 20, 2010
    not worth seeing . so a magic rock , big deal . if i could rewind time i would not see it . everybody was booing . i understand . it is like unwashed ripped shorts ! Expand

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