- Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, September 07, 2011
Jacob Wysocki infuses his performance in the title role with precisely that same duality, turning Terri into an oversized portrait of adolescence -- so naive yet so wise, strangely believable and believably strange.
- Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, August 19, 2011
Its charms feel somewhat calculated, but this reflective tale of outsider solitude has enough humor and poignancy to win admirers.
- David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, August 19, 2011
A sweet and subtle comedy about the awkwardness of adolescence.
- Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, August 19, 2011
Terri is a broken-hearted dramedy about what it really means to be a misfit (and not the actually-a-smoking-hottie kind of misfit seen in Glee).
- Simon Miraudo, Quickflix, August 17, 2011
Terri may be strange, but it's a good, heartfelt strange that resonates long after the film ends.
- Tom Long, Detroit News, August 05, 2011
[An] emotionally acute indie comedy by Azazel Jacobs.
- J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, August 05, 2011
Like its title character, an obese high-school misfit who wears pajamas to school because they're comfortable, Terri grows on you.
- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, August 04, 2011
"Terri" is almost an anti-teen-coming-of-age teen-coming-of-age movie. And it's terrific.
- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, August 04, 2011
Jacobs deftly handles the story's many moods, painting a picture of youth as a crazy, tragicomic time when even a wounded caregiver can make a world of difference.
- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 29, 2011
Jacobs and talented cinematographer Tobias Datum once again do a deft job conveying the texture of a home, this time the unkempt, jammed warren Terri shares with his Uncle James.
- Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, July 22, 2011
Much of the movie's success rests on the ample shoulders of Jacob Wysocki, who finds a sweet guileless spot as the title character.
- Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, July 21, 2011
A hit-and-miss affair with some scenes and relationships ringing true and others drowning in a deep pool of artifice.
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews, July 21, 2011
Wysocki is a genuine talent, as is Jacobs, but the subject of "Terri" remains a pleasant blur.
- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, July 21, 2011
Movies about high school misfits are common; this is an uncommon one.
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, July 21, 2011
"Terri" turns out to be a small masterpiece of misdirection, a winsome, utterly unpredictable portrait of adolescence that flawlessly captures its cruelty and sweetness.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, July 15, 2011
If you've sworn off movies about adolescent misfits, I don't blame you, but make an exception for "Terri."
- Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, July 14, 2011
"Terri" sounds like a very sad film, and indeed it is; made more poignant by the quiet honesty of Wysocki's performance. But it's a wise film as well, populated by characters who seem utterly real.
- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, July 14, 2011
Funny and perky but unlike most Fox Searchlight films, never saccharine.
- Charlie Lyne, Ultra Culture, October 25, 2011
Lest you think that you've already seen every possible variation on the outsider-nerd story, Terri keeps plenty of surprises up its pit-stained sleeves.
- Alonso Duralde, The Wrap, October 07, 2011