Gimme Shelter
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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 pregnant teenager, Apple's journey plummets her into a perilous struggle until finding salvation in a suburban shelter for homeless teens. With provisions of unprecedented comfort, a collective sisterhood connection and female empowerment, the shelter elevates Apple to break the shackles of her past and inspires her to embrace the future with clarity, maturity… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The result is awkward, hyped propaganda for faith-based initiatives and against abortion."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"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."
‑ Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
"The film's complicating force and conflict undeniably real, its thrust is defeated by clichéd treatment and uninspired performances."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"There's a whole [other] film to be made [...]-one driven less by hysterics and villainous mother figures, and more by examples of how charity and compassion can turn dead ends into doorways-but Gimme Shelter doesn't seem to want to make it."
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
"... a meatier role than Hudgens' chops can chew but she's constantly watchable, trying too hard to keep it real."
‑ Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times
"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."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"It's the kind of movie that touts itself as 'inspirational,' and it feels like a made-for-TV melodrama."
‑ Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive
"For all of its heavy-handed huffing and puffing, the low-budget drama doesn't have much meat to its message."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"It's not the easiest film to watch, and if it wasn't based on a true story than much of the decision-making would be too infuriating to tolerate but Vanessa Hudgens in a breakthrough role based on real events was enough to get me."
‑ Mark Ellis, Schmoes Know
"An after-school special blown up on the big screen, it stridently aims to inspire you. More likely, it'll make you cringe."
‑ Christy Lemire,
"It is the galvanizing force of Vanessa Hudgens who catapults Gimme Shelter above the heartbreaking level of soap opera with a lancing effect."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Vanessa Hudgens proves that she's a versatile, grown-up performer in 'Gimme Shelter,' an unsettling look at a pregnant teenager who seems to have nowhere to run."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"Abuse and teen pregnancy are themes in flawed family drama."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"I think I would've rather seen this depicted a 5-minute feature on a newscast than to stretch it out over a feature film."
‑ Kristian Harloff, Schmoes Know
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