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Based on 36 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Rehab movies nearly always make me cringe, as if the audience needs to take medicine, as if hope needs to be force fed. Short Term 12, an exceptional film in every way, breaks the mold. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Any director who sees Short Term 12 will want to cast Larson in something. This movie puts her on the map. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Well-written, terrifically acted and compelling. It deftly avoids sentimentality and offers a window into the lives of believable, multilayered characters. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Short Term 12, a low-budget feature only 96 minutes long, is a big deal on a small scale: for what it reveals of Mr. Cretton as a filmmaker — especially as a storyteller, and a director of actors within tautly constructed scenes — and of Ms. Larson's abundant talent. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Short Term 12 wraps up with one of the most touchingly memorable last moments of any film this year. Despite a title that’s hard to recall, this brief but resonant movie sticks with you. show more

  • 90
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    A genuinely moving look at life in a group foster home that avoids most of the usual routes into viewers' hearts. show more

  • 87
    William Goss

    [Brie Larson's] performance is something of a quiet revelation, and in turn, the same could be said of the film itself. show more

  • 90
    Bob Mondello NPR

    What might seem on paper a cloyingly sentimental heartwarmer becomes, in Cretton's hands, a briskly believable, often funny, always invigorating and ultimately wrenching story of emotional fortitude. show more

  • 100
    Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times

    It’s one of the best movies of the year and one of the truest portrayals I’ve ever seen about troubled teens and the people who dedicate their lives to trying to help them. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    He (Cretton) just loves this place and these people so much, he wanted to give us more of them. For that, we should be grateful. show more

  • January 10, 2014 vicky341
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    A must see film. Great performances by all the actors. John Gallagher Jr. is great in this film. Just love the film!!

  • October 04, 2013 phoebeedw
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    A fabulous movie!!! One of the best that I have seen!

  • September 11, 2013 thevisitor967
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    One of the best films of the year. Because the characters are so well developed, the movie held my attention. I know a lot of people are raving about Brie Larson, but I thought John Gallagher was even better! I thought he turned in a very natural performance, which is not easy to do.

  • September 07, 2013 Ctfancher
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    An amazing movie! I work with teens, many of which are at-risk. It gave me hope that despite incredible challenges, many overcome their *************. Just heartwarming.

  • September 01, 2013 dayquilter
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    Incredible performances. Pulls at your heart strings. So glad I had the opportunity to see this movie!

  • September 01, 2013 rfrancis129
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    Not only outstanding, but a realistic picture of what real caring for our young people with challenges really need from their caregivers. this picture needs very wide distribution!

  • September 01, 2013 oe00000000163710
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    oe00000000163710 Report This Outstanding hidden gem. Not knowing if this will get wide distribution, I encourage you to see it while you still can!

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  • August 22, 2013 cindi1val
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    One of the best movies from 2013. All the actors give great performances especially the very talented John Gallagher Jr. who plays Mason and Brie Larson who plays Grace. I highly recommend this movie.

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