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Short Term 12

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Destin Cretton

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About the Movie

The original short film by Destin Cretton that inspired the feature film. Denim is the supervisor for a residential facility housing 15 kids who are all affected by child abuse and neglect in unimaginable ways. Fights and blow-ups happen daily and Denim knows how to respond. But as his personal life collides with work, he begins to realize that he is no better off than the kids he's trying to help.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 154
  • Fresh: 152
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 8.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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, Sep 13, 2013

Fresh: 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, Dec 10, 2013

Fresh: Short Term 12 captures the complex rhythms of institutional life -- for worker and inhabitant -- while weaving the story of Grace's journey through anguish toward, we hope, happiness. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Sep 13, 2013

Fresh: "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, Sep 20, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Short Term 12

Having seen the full-length movie in Boston, I just had to see the film that it was based on. It is real, raw, and intense. It almost mirrors my experience of being group homes. If you want to know what it's like to be in a place like that, you can't go wrong with Short Term 12.

Short Term 12
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  • $2.99
  • Genre: Short Films
  • Released: 2013

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