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2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action Reviews

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February 22, 2019
Take it from me: watch the documentary and animated shorts and leave most of these alone. This is unquestionably an off year for this category and certainly not representative of its greatest abilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 8, 2019
I don't know if this is the worst batch the Academy has ever managed to compile for consideration, but it's a pretty bad bunch. Some of the films are downright insulting.
February 6, 2019
What awful childhood traumas are gnawing at the members of the Academy's short films and feature animation branch?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 7, 2019
Four of the titles in question feature a child in some kind of horrific danger - whether it involves kidnapping, murder, accidental death or racial violence.
February 22, 2019
This year's Oscar nominees represent a strong and diverse sampling of what can be achieved in a single reel, as it were.
July 16, 2020
[Detainment] features two of the finest performances from child actors I've seen in quite some time, and the way the filmmakers use editing to peal back the layers of lies and half-truths to get to the true story is remarkably sophisticated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 5, 2019
Review: The 2019 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action
February 8, 2019
One of the shorts, 'Detainment,' is a profound, sobering drama featuring remarkable performances from its two young leads.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 9, 2019
In the wake of the president's State of the Union address, I thought it opportune to deliver my State of the Oscar Shorts for 2019. And, sad to report, they are anything but strong.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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February 14, 2019
From a son of white supremacists to real-life child murderers, the young men in four out of five of this year's films plunge into a darkness where adults fear not tread.
February 7, 2019
Rarely has the short film category, especially the features and animated films, been dominated so completely by children in extreme distress and mopey narratives about aging. Some of them are extremely good.
February 7, 2019
Skin is highly recommended, as is the "Live Action" shorts package in general.
February 5, 2019
The 2019 Oscar nominated live action shorts hail from Spain, the UK, Canada and U.S., but while they take on many genres - true crime, mystery, coming of age adventure and drama - they all have one thing in common, death.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 20, 2019
My pick: Vincent Lambe's controversial and profoundly harrowing 'Detainment,' a dramatization of the real-life police interrogations of the 10-year-old boys who killed a toddler in England in 1993.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 15, 2019
Some strong shorts make up a horrendously depressing slate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 8, 2019
Grim dramas dominate in a generally strong program.
February 7, 2019
This year's Oscar-nominated shorts carry plenty of emotional weight in their compact running times with stories that span life's breadth.
April 23, 2019
Not particularly child-friendly, this ... features five one-word titles ranging from 17 to 30 minutes in length, with a breakdown that brings two films from Quebec, one from Spain, an Irish entry, and a striking film from the United States.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 13, 2019
In a slate of assured, thought-provoking works, Detainment stands apart as exceptionally powerful and appropriately unsettling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 5, 2019
Academy members need a collective hug. How else to explain the weird abundance of films about children in severe distress, and aging adults ruminating on loss and mortality?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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