12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) (1957)
Critic Consensus: Sidney Lumet's feature debut is a superbly written, dramatically effective courtroom thriller that rightfully stands as a modern classic.
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Critic Reviews for 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)
Too few films take on the art of arguing as a subject; we could certainly use more of them, but until then, Lumet's window into strained civic duty will continue to serve mightily.
Mechanically written, but within its own middlebrow limitations, it delivers the goods.
With each new viewing I come away feelings as if I have peeled away another layer on the characters and their buried motives.
Audience Reviews for 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)
An impressive achievement considering it was Lumet's first film, extremely well-written and superbly directed, with many elegant shots, fluid camera movements and a gripping plot that takes place entirely inside a room and is sustained only by a tense, smart dialogue.
This classic is a scintillating courtroom drama with an excellent script and a brisk pace. It's all the more important considering it came just before the social upheaval in the 60's, when America began to reevaluate its prejudices.
Exceptionally acted and written, 12 Angry Men is a smart, thrilling classic that keeps the viewer hanging on to every word.
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