Gimme Shelter
Gimme Shelter (2014)

Based on a true story that centers on 16-year-old Agnes "Apple" Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens), Gimme Shelter uncovers the struggle for survival and the hope of redemption through the harsh realities of life on the streets. As a… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 29, 2014
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Critic Score: 22% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In spite of its obvious good intentions -- and the compelling true story that inspired it -- the heavy-handed Gimme Shelter can't overcome its cliche-riddled script.

Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

The result is awkward, hyped propaganda for faith-based initiatives and against abortion.

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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

Hudgens captures both the defiance and fear of a girl at this crossroads. Her performance elevates what's often a trite and heavy-handed script.

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Billy Tatum
Bullz-Eye.com

Gimme Shelter plays more like a Lifetime movie or after school special.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

What remains is a poor man's Precious, with all the earlier film's go-for-broke melodrama but none of its weirdness or empathy for the impoverished.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

The kind of film that outfits a potentially compelling story with politically convenient signposts - not understanding that sometimes, getting out of the way of a good tale is the best kind of polemical strategy.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The film's complicating force and conflict undeniably real, its thrust is defeated by clichéd treatment and uninspired performances.

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Christy Lemire
ChristyLemire.com

An after-school special blown up on the big screen, it stridently aims to inspire you. More likely, it'll make you cringe.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

It is the galvanizing force of Vanessa Hudgens who catapults Gimme Shelter above the heartbreaking level of soap opera with a lancing effect.

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Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive

It's the kind of movie that touts itself as 'inspirational,' and it feels like a made-for-TV melodrama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
Sometimes you have to leave home to find your family. Good Indie Film! Even though a low budget film, Vanessa Hudgens is stunning on her performance as Apple.… More
Panta Oz
This drama written and directed by Ron Krauss was based on true events and could be taken as an inspirational film for most viewers. Starring Vanessa Hudgens… More
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Philip Price
I have fortunately never been in the position to have to struggle or understand what it was like to have no one to turn to or to lean on. It is undoubtedly a… More
Cameron Johnson
Yeah, you know it's going to happen, so... "War, children, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away!" Okay, maybe that didn't… More