Short Term 12
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I Am Not a Hipster director Destin Daniel Cretton expands his 2008 short of the same name into a feature film depicting the struggles of a compassionate twentysomething contending with some unexpected life developments while working as a supervisor at a home for at-risk teens. Grace (Brie Larson) has dedicated her life to helping kids who have slipped through the cracks of the system. Committed to her job and in love with kindhearted co-worker Mason (John Gallagher Jr.), she's still struggling to make sense of her own troubled past when she learns that her life is about to change forever.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Set in a foster-care facility outside of San Francisco, this independent drama is vivid and heartfelt in its depiction of social work, at times recalling some of Frederick Wiseman's great documentary portraits."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"There's heart, soul and personality to burn in 'Short Term 12' ... But this is a film that, like many of its young characters, desperately needs to calm down."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Raw, intense, human and absorbing."
‑ Lewis Beale, News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
"Brie Larson is superb in this brilliant exploration of life in a short term care facility where troubled teens try to find a way to survive in the care of compassionate men and women."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Short Term 12 is cinema at its most compassionate, vulnerable, and human."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"The film's climax feels a little rushed and overwrought, but the movie's real resonance is its exploration of empathy and vocation."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
""Short Term 12" is a sly wonder of a film. It brings you into its unique world and then slowly reveals its characters, letting them unfold gradually, organically."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It's a wild, unruly mess of rampant emotions, and yes, some of them are painful, but there's a great deal of warmth and love here too. It's a truly wonderful movie."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A heartbreaking drama about the lingering affects of childhood abuse and neglect, even under the best of curative circumstances."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Cretton is able to leap tall towers of everyday humour and humanity and then suddenly drop you into a pit of total, gut-wrenching sadness in a single bound."
‑ Rima Sabina Aouf, Concrete Playground
"At times Short Term 12 seems uncertain where it's going, but this matches the circumstances of both staff and residents."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"...the best film of 2013 so far. ... It will devastate you without warning and break your heart, all while showing you how to move on and feel hopeful again..."
‑ Mark Hughes, Forbes
"Short is all nuanced performances bathed in sumptuous Californian sunlight: its realism is reflected in its lo-fi aesthetic and naturalistic cinematography."
‑ Rachel Bowles, The Skinny
"Short Term 12 hits hard at times, yet despite its potentially melodramatic subject matter, never once feels manipulative or overwrought."
‑ Tom Clift, FILMINK (Australia)
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