There is not a single prestige TV drama whose ground could not be covered better by Soderbergh, an iPhone, and less than 2 hours running time.
Jessica: You okay, man? How do you feel?
Nate: Not good. I mean, that... that was crazy. They just fight like that?
Jessica: Nate, I'm not asking you how you're feeling.
Nate: Right. Sorry.
There seem to be three common criticisms of Short Term 12, and I want to respond to each of them in turn:
1. It is inauthentic/contrived.
2. Brie Larson's character shouldn't need a backstory to explain her.
3. It wraps itself up too neatly.