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Short Term 12

Grace is a compassionate young supervisor at a foster care facility, helping at-risk teens. But when a new charge dredges up memories of her own troubled past, Grace's tough exterior begins to erode.
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It doesn’t happen all at once, nor does the film imply that coming to terms with one’s past is any kind of panacea. Grace’s problems are long term, but, like her adolescent charges, one has the sense she’ll get by.
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Time Out by David Fear

Short Term 12 isn’t without drawbacks, occasionally dipping into a too-neat narrative tidiness and a self-conscious sloppiness. Yet the film’s charms and ability to cut through jadedness despite the subject matter makes it a rarity — a modest indie that’s feels like it’s in it for the long haul.
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IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Taking its time to let the world take shape, Short Term 12 builds to an involving series of mini-climaxes without tidying up every loose end.
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Village Voice by Inkoo Kang

It's a delicate yet passionate creation, modest in scope but almost overwhelming in its emotional intricacy, ambition, and resonance. Easily one of the best films so far this year, it's a nearly perfect blend of pimple-faced naturalism, righteous moral fury, nuanced social insight, and unsentimental but devastating drama.
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Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

Brie Larson, as the caring but tormented Grace (who's pregnant and doesn't know if she has the faith to have her baby), and John Gallagher Jr., as her gentle-dweeb fellow worker Mason (who fears his love can't save her), show you what emotionally naked acting is all about.
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Variety by Peter Debruge

This compelling human drama finds fresh energy in the inspirational-teacher genre, constantly revealing new layers to its characters.
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Film.com by William Goss

[Brie Larson's] performance is something of a quiet revelation, and in turn, the same could be said of the film itself.

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