Gimme Shelter Synopsis
As a pregnant teenager, Apple’s journey plummets her into a perilous struggle until finding salvation in a suburban shelter for homeless teens.
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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,...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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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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...
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For all of Krauss’ clearly good intentions, the film still falls staggeringly flat, even with the inclusion of a bold and unexpected...
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USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Preachy, manipulative and emotionally barren.
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An eye-opener!

By rcama003
Someone once said that the light shines in the darkness and that the darkness did not overcome it...this movie comes in a difficult time in our society, when our youth are misled by State-endorsed...

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By guras4life
My husband and I went to see the new movie "Gimme Shelter" on opening night. The movie, based on a true story, was all we were hoping for and more! We were impressed by the reality of it and how the...

Gimme Shelter, great film

By marthashuping
We loved this movie. "Apple" is 15 or 16, has been physically and sexually abused & is now pregnant. She runs away from her mom, to a wealthy father she has never met. After her father and his wife...

No one who saw the movie would agree with the negative reviews

By lovemercypeacejoy
I found that this movie was much better than the reviews that I found on line. It was clear that a true story, well acted and written can move hearts and that was clearly our experience. Liberal media...

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By gothbutterfly41
This is a must see. A film about human life and the choices we make. How can our choices impact our futures? This film is the truth about one such choice that will help you to see the benefits of...

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By sandy972
It was a good movie and Vanessa Hudgens was terrific, but it should have been a Lifetime Movie.....was not worth $10. I enjoyed it and I cried, which always helps but it was a bit amateurish for an...

Really good movie!

By nubianroyalty
Solid and real performance by Vanessa Hudgens. She has surprised me in this role. I'd almost forgotten who it was while watching her onscreen. Brought tears to my eyes at the end. Excellent...

Good. Average. Acting above average.

By gmelamed
Went to see the performance of Vanessa Hudgens. Truly believe she is a good actress, so hopefully she will continue getting new roles and eventually get "the" role. Great performance but so-so...

Fabulously done. Wonderful portrayal of hope.......

By jbwaaadeal
Do not be afraid to see this movie. A wonderfully, well done, and tender moving movie depicting the life on the streets in America and the people, the true, loving people, who are there to really...

true life

By dpelmariley
Movie made from a true story. I'm sure this is not just 1 girl's story, but it captures the plight of many in our society. I hope it draws attention to the fact that there should be more help out...

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Rated PG-13 | For Violence, Mature Thematic Material, Language, All Involving Teens, Mistreatment and Some Drug Content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Abuse and teen pregnancy are themes in flawed family drama.
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