75

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
It’s not for the squeamish, but thanks to a riveting central performance by Vanessa Hudgens and a compassionate screenplay by Ron Krauss, who also directed, this is a far more sobering and substantial exposé of homeless teenage girls on the dangerous edge of society than you might expect.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Writer-director Krauss embraces the spiritual elements of this story without turning it into a heavy-handed religious lecture.
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63

RogerEbert.com

By Sheila O'Malley
The film never says the words "pro-life" or "pro-choice." It genuinely seems to be about how the system has broken down entirely, and how sometimes it is up to privately funded charities to provide a light at the end of the tunnel.
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50

Boston Globe

By Peter Keough
Gimme Shelter is sometimes moving and inspiring, but you have to wonder: Though Kathy and her movement give teenagers shelter, do they give them a life?
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50

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Although it’s superficially grungy, this true story isn’t much more substantive than something that star Vanessa Hudgens might have made for the Disney Channel and considerably less shocking than her career gambit in “Spring Breakers.”
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50

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
It’s the sort of movie whose finale leaves you wondering, “Why do they always leave out what happens next?”
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Gimme Shelter is an attempt at something grand, and though it doesn't get halfway there, it covers some ground.
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50

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
As a film, though, Gimme Shelter is unremarkable, a predictable story of redemption that happens awfully fast, to a girl who only seems to be in peril briefly — and has a rich dad to bail her out.
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42

Film.com

For all of Krauss’ clearly good intentions, the film still falls staggeringly flat, even with the inclusion of a bold and unexpected performance from Vanessa Hudgens, doing her damndest to break out of the Disney mold and turn in actual work here.
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25

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Preachy, manipulative and emotionally barren.
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38 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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