There is real value is how it allows each member of the cultural mosaic of a jury to develop into distinct, damaged, and interesting characters
| Original Score: 84/100
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
The film takes a confined, almost completely banal real-world location and makes it completely dynamic, using incredibly nimble camera movements to establish character motivation and theme.
| Original Score: 4/4
The cast is incredible, the writing superb, and the film is unparalleled in its sheer excellence.
This was Sidney Lumet's first movie and it's as riveting as it was back in the late 50s, when everything was changing.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
an incisive and gripping film
Lumet keeps things tense, sweaty, suspenseful and entertaining despite the contrived story line.
| Original Score: B
Outstanding Henry Fonda jury classic.
A brilliant courtroom drama whose strength lies within the power of Rose's words and Sidney Lumet's great direction (his debut).
| Original Score: 4/5
12 Angry Men has some shrewd observations to sell about argumentation and group behavior, but they're not the ones of which the film seems most proud.
| Original Score: B-
taut, well-crafted sociological study
| Original Score: 82/100
Not much action, lots of words, great cinema.
The film leaves a tremendous impact.
Every bit the classic it's been made out to be for all these years.
Power house jury room drama w/cast of memorable actors.
| Original Score: 5/5
Makes no self-saluting motions to greater importance, which gives the material the much-desired breathing room it needs to reach full potency.
| Original Score: A
Mechanically written, but within its own middlebrow limitations, it delivers the goods.
A strangely realistic thriller.
Sidney Lumet's feature directing debut is a brilliant courtroom drama, with a superlative cast that includes Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, Ed Begley, Jack Warden, and E.G. Marshall.
A masterful work of debate and dialogue; of shifting momentum and the ideal of sticking to your scruples in the face of antagonistic groupthink.