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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!, 31 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Short Term 12 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I really enjoyed this film from the dirtying to the writing and the acting in it as well. Its perfectly shot and the acting from the younger actors is spot on in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Moving and life affirming film!, 23 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Short Term 12 (DVD)
Bearing in mind the setting of this film - in a short term care centre for troubled youth - this could easily have been a melodramatic/sentimental outing, but every time it seems to be headed that way, it wrong-foots you.
There's no unnecessary heroics or speechifying; just people trying to do a good job in difficullt circumstances but it's so beautifully written and the performances of the whole cast, but in particular Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr, as the centre's supervisors, are all the more powerful for being understated. I haven't cared so much for the characters of a film in a long time. I really can't recommend this enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No flaws, 21 Mar 2014
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J. Wilkie "Captain Pantoja" (West of Scotland) - See all my reviews
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The movie succeeds in all ways
Pace, characterisation, structure and slices of humour
A strong heart and an optimistic ending
Great acting and sensitive handling of dark material

This is not a 4 star film
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking drama, 18 Mar 2014
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This is quite a 'dark' drama as it's set in a home for troubled teenagers in the US.

At first one admires Grace, the staff member who doesn't look much older than the kids she's caring for but who seems to know exactly how to deal with every issue that arises and how to calm every troubled kid. But slowly it emerges that Grace isn't as 'together' as we'd thought, and she has major issues of her own.

And in a wonderful twist it starts to be that the 'patients' are ministering to this staff member rather than vice versa. We end up discovering that the world isn't divided simply into 'sane' and 'insane': everyone has something to give and everyone needs to receive.

I'm a squeamish viewer, so I was grateful that no scenes were especially violent or sexual, except by implication. So here's a movie anyone can watch, enjoy, and learn from.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, confident performances from a talented young cast., 17 Mar 2014
This review is from: Short Term 12 (Blu-ray)
A confident, observational directing style (from director Destin Daniel Cretton) lends itself to every performance here. Each character feels well-crafted, but most of all natural and there are bound to be a number of stars-in-the-making from this, most notably the lead Brie Larson who is entirely watchable (even when she lets the silence do the talking) but then there's also Kaitlyn Dever and Lakeith Lee Stanfield who are both very believable and confident as some of the troubled residents. But to isolate anyone feels a little unfair as there really is only quality on display here, every single performance is self-assured and a real treat to watch.
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