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  • Summary: Having been abandoned by his parents to an ailing uncle, Terri, is mercilessly teased by his peers and garners even more unwanted attention from school authorities by coming to school still wearing pajamas – when he decides to show up at all. Resigned to his outsider status, Terri is surprised when his tough-talking vice principal, Mr. Fitzgerald, takes an interest in him. Although his efforts are sometimes clumsy and occasionally dubiously professional, he genuinely wants to help him through this tough time. Under Fitzgerald's tutelage, Terri befriends a pair of fellow misfits, Chad, an edgy loner whose rebellion masks his own insecurities, and Heather, a sexually precocious girl whose beauty proves to be a trap of its own. The three teenagers, so different on the surface, but all outcasts in the unforgiving high school hierarchy, find an unexpected, imperfect bond that reflects the tenuousness, poignance and pathos of the adolescent experience. (ATO Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jul 20, 2011
    100
    Movies about high school misfits are common; this is an uncommon one. Terri, so convincingly played by Jacob Wysocki, is smart, gentle and instinctively wise.
  2. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jun 30, 2011
    83
    deWitt's script is much better than anything Jacobs has worked on before, with a story that gets richer as it goes.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jul 7, 2011
    80
    It's potent stuff, laced with smart, sensitive humor, and extremely well handled by Wysocki and the excellent ensemble of young actors that become Terri's intimates.
  4. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Jul 14, 2011
    75
    Tender, observant coming-of-age comedy.
  5. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jul 20, 2011
    67
    Terri has a kind of lumbering grace that's intriguing to watch yet ultimately unknowable. That's both the originality and the frustration of this movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jul 21, 2011
    63
    Wysocki is a genuine talent, as is Jacobs, but the subject of Terri remains a pleasant blur.
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jun 26, 2011
    50
    It's a movie of thematic dead-ends. Director Azazel Jacobs and writer Patrick DeWitt give us a slow SLOW and somewhat morose tale that isn't remotely funny or profound enough to sustain that pace and tone.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Jul 14, 2011
    10
    I saw Terri this weekend with some friends and was very impressed. One of the things that actually stood out to me was that although the film could have seemed very slow it somehow didn't. Even though the pace of events was slow it somehow held you enthralled (and laughing) the whole time. I was surprised when it ended and it left me wanting to know more about the characters without feeling incomplete. I am no film buff, but I just enjoyed this film so much and found it to be so unique that I wanted to write a review. I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. Expand
  2. Sep 8, 2011
    10
    I loved this film. It's sweet and real, not over the top like many 'coming of age' films tend to be. All the actors do a wonderful job, especially John C. Reilly. I think Terri is his best work to date. Expand
  3. Nov 17, 2011
    10
    If you are seeking a movie whose intent is to touch, incite laughter and offer humane treasures, this is an articulate one hour and forty minutes for you.
    'Terri' breaks barriers that are stunning in scope for lower budget motion pictures. This film delivers a surprise package of characters who are identifiable to anyone who has tasted or witnessed the troubled path of growing upwards.
    Jacob Wysoki is perfect as Terri, a conflicted, overweight teen who is trapped in a world that he finds difficult to comprehend. The always brilliant John C. Reilly portrays his adult navigator. The pair offer an interaction which is low key, yet contains a dynamic that screams for understanding on both sides.
    It is this uncommon bond, as well as the younger freindships that Terri strives to inhabit, that creates the mural of a cry for mercy that is this film.
    Creed Bratton (The Office and original member of The Grassroots) plays Terri's Uncle James and delivers another potent ingredient within this coming of rage slice of hauntingly intelligent cinema.
    "Terri' is not an effort designed to feed on the teen town, growing up tough market place.
    It is about something that we can only capture when paying attention to the smaller details of living.
    These elusive puzzle pieces, put on display without shame, are the elements that make 'Terri' an important motion picture.
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  4. Aug 8, 2012
    9
    Terri is a very good movie that is seen through the eyes of an obese kid in high school, and shows all of his struggles. The movie shows that there are good hearted and bad hearted people on this planet, and a lot of the times the good hearted people are just repulsive on the outside. But fortunately for Terri, he is a good hearted kid, and that is how things eventually begin to go his way. Expand
  5. Jul 3, 2011
    8
    An excellent little film - John C. Reilly is terrific as the principal who really cares about his misfit students with (mostly) good hearts. Jacob Wysocki as Terri is a real find as. I know they tried a bunch of different people in the role, but it seems made for him. So much intelligence and emotional depth behind the teen angst, yet he has the confidence to wear pajamas to school because "they're comfortable." The infamous "shack" scene is truly harrowing, but director Aza Jacobs (who is spot on for this movie- I have to see his earlier films) handles it beautifully with his young actors. Expand
  6. Oct 28, 2011
    3
    Overall, a pretty dull film. Reilly is fairly entertaining - as usual. I don't know how this can rate at an 8 or 10. I feel sort of unfulfilled - maybe I'll watch something else, or go to bed. Expand
  7. Aug 7, 2011
    2
    This was such a disappointment! Keep in mind that I only watch about 4 movies a year at the theater so expectations can run pretty high. Fans would call it a "quiet" movie. To me it was a movie where nothing happened. Where each scene was a wasted opportunity to show growth, connection, depth, something! Compare it to Blue Valentine, which was produced by the same people I believe, which was why I took a chance on it. BV was true. BV was real. You could call it quirky, or quiet. But it smacked of truth. The impact stayed with me for weeks. The only reason Terri stayed with me was to regret that I'd spent precious babysitting capital on it. The viewer is not just left to connect the dots, they're left to draw the outlines, color them in, and write their own story. The movie relies on its title character, a self-proclaimed 'monster' to do the heavy lifting. Have the actor who plays Terri drop 150 pounds and you've got nothing. Absolutely nothing. Expand

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