Shorts

Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    A cute and mildly clever fantasy.
  2. Provides just enough smart, silly fun for families desperately seeking an easy (and air-conditioned) escape from hazy August humidity.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    60
    A preachy parable of suburban discontent, Shorts probably has enough kid-oriented slapstick to please the under-12 set. But it's not likely to rival writer-director Robert Rodriguez's "Spy Kids" series in long-term appeal.
  4. More like a summer-camp theater project than a studio movie.
  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. 50
    Jon Cryer and Leslie Mann have a couple of sly moments as overworked career people, and Spader again proves he learned a lot by working with William Shatner for so long. But the bottomless slapstick and silly effects quickly grow wearying, as does a cast of young actors whose work can politely be called energetic.
  7. 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.
  8. It's more of a burst pinata than a story, a wild, kinetic jumble of images, ideas and flying-candy-bar product placement that would offend if it weren't so forthright.
  9. 50
    If parents feel like they've seen much of Shorts before, its celebration of mayhem and restless, thrill-seeking vibe will absorb young viewers, especially as the boredom of late summer begins to set in.
  10. Soon becomes tiresome, but it’s emblematic of a film that is dancing as fast as it can to entertain.
  11. Props should be given to Rodriguez’s breathless “let’s put on a show” inventiveness. Plus, Macy and the booger--kick ass!
User Score
3.6

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. RickA
    Sep 15, 2009
    5
    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 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. Full Review »
  2. BridgetA
    Sep 8, 2009
    0
    This film was, WITHOUT ANY DOUBT, the worst film I have ever seen in my point. It was puerile, pointless and a cynical bid to make some easy This film was, WITHOUT ANY DOUBT, the worst film I have ever seen in my point. It was puerile, pointless and a cynical bid to make some easy last minute cash at the end of the summer. It had no redeeming features whatsoever. Even my 6 year old thought it was pointless and stupid. Absolute rubbish. Full Review »
  3. May 11, 2016
    4
    This was actually a movie? I swear, in any circumstances, I was reading it going in theaters back in 2009 when I saw a commercial of this onThis was actually a movie? I swear, in any circumstances, I was reading it going in theaters back in 2009 when I saw a commercial of this on television (probably forgot when and how). Now there's possibly no way that this film can still exist up to this day. Full Review »