Short Term 12
Short Term 12 (2013)

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… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 23, 2013
DVD Release Date: January 14, 2014
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Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Short Term 12 is an emphatic, revealing drama that pulls audiences into the perspective of neglected youths.

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

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.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

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.

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Anna Bean
Bust Magazine

[Larson] delivers a character that feels achingly human, and she does it brilliantly.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The film's climax feels a little rushed and overwrought, but the movie's real resonance is its exploration of empathy and vocation.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

"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.

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J. Olson

Cinematic without belying its "slice of life" vibe, emotionally enveloping without being saccharine, and wonderfully acted across the board.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

At times Short Term 12 seems uncertain where it's going, but this matches the circumstances of both staff and residents.

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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.

Sean Axmaker

What could be a portrait of instability and institutional failings, however, becomes quite a moving story of the commitment of two counselors (Larson and John Gallagher Jr.) who came through the foster system themselves and take their jobs very seriously.

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Carlos Magalh„es
A delicate and complex character study that never romanticizes what it wants so say, being instead very down to earth in its approach to show us how an… More
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Usually I avoid "indies", if specifically promoted that way, but here the plot sounded interesting enough. Barring some of its cliches and forced… More
Spencer S.
The foster care system is the most flawed institution in the United States, which is disheartening as many of the children in said system deal with abuse,… More
Matthew Slaven
Tender, raw, and genuine, "Short Term 12" is a wonderful statement on how to relate to each other in a way that is ever striving to make our world… More
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KJ Proulx
1, 2, 3... Okay tears go ahead. "Short Term 12" is the kind of film that you do not get very often and is so genuine in it's story that you feel… More