75

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Fast and funny, and grown-ups will not suffer sitting through it.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
Rodriguez, is a hack in the best sense of the term, often serving as producer, director, writer, shooter and composer – all of which come into play for Shorts .
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Adult actors pretty much let the youngsters upstage them. The two leads, Bennett and Vanier, do a nice job holding the center of gravity while the film goes nuts around them. Best of all, Shorts is short, finishing before you can truly get tired of all those wishes gone wrong.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
Like "Jumanji," Shorts runs out of momentum before it's half over. That leaves it treading slapstick and killing time until its strained and preposterous big finish.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Fast-paced, imaginative and often cute, Shorts is slight but enjoyable family fare.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Provides just enough smart, silly fun for families desperately seeking an easy (and air-conditioned) escape from hazy August humidity.
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60

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
A preachy parable of suburban discontent, Shorts probably has enough kid-oriented slapstick to please the under-12 set. But it's not likely to rival writer-director Robert Rodriguez's "Spy Kids" series in long-term appeal.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
More like a summer-camp theater project than a studio movie.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

It's more of a burst pinata than a story, a wild, kinetic jumble of images, ideas and flying-candy-bar product placement that would offend if it weren't so forthright.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Be warned, though: This is the multiplex equivalent of ADD.
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53 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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