Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock
Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock (2009)

A young boy living in a cookie-cutter suburb gets hit on the head with a rainbow-colored rock that grants wishes to anyone who holds it in this family-oriented fantasy comedy from Spy Kids director Robert Rodriguez. All the houses in Black… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 24, 2009
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45%
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32%



Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Shorts has imagination and energy, but most viewers beyond elementary school will likely tire of the kiddie humor and sensory overload.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

The latest child's-eye adventure from Robert Rodriguez, Shorts doesn't hit the heights of his Spy Kids series. But it provides just enough smart, silly fun for families desperately seeking an easy escape from hazy August humidity.

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

Yes, I realize this is a kids' movie, but that's no excuse for short-circuiting creativity.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Light, silly fun, amiably performed by both its veteran cast and exuberant young 'uns.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

The movie is as lumpy and misshapen as a giant booger.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

My fourth-grader giggled maniacally. The 9-year-old in me did, too.

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Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

It is a wildly self-indulgent fantasy adventure that should have gone straight to Youtube, where all 'Dad-thinks-he's-cool-with-a-camera' home videos belong.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Shorts may not be destined for long-term greatness -- it feels cheerfully disposable in every way -- but the film is also fast and funny, and grown-ups will not suffer sitting through it.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

Be careful what you wish for, Shorts reminds us; you just might get it. Especially if that wishing was along the lines of a smart and funny kids' flick.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Chaotic, messy, and horribly mind-numbing...

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Careter
Terrible film
KJ Proulx
Shorts, is a harmless, chessy, over-the-top kids movie with bad effects, bad dialogue, but a good heart. This movie will definitely not win awards for either… More
Michael Edwards
very different than many kids films and is very good
Lafe Fredbjornson
From the maker of the "Spy Kids" series and "Shark Boy and Lava Girl" - It's frantic Robert Rodriquez kid-movie zippy zany action… More
Bentley Lyles
Let me guess. You scrolling down the review section of our profile, looking at each poster on the left of the reviews, and come across this review and see only… More
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Jimmy Bennett, Jake Short, Kat Dennings A young boy's discovery of a colorful, wish-granting rock causes chaos in the suburban town of Black Falls when… More