• PG, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Drama, Classics
  • Directed By:
    Sidney Lumet
    In Theaters:
    Apr 13, 1957 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 6, 2001
  • Criterion Collection


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12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) Reviews

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Dan Jardine

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

Full Review Source: Cinemania | Original Score: 84/100

August 29, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/5

July 3, 2013
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

June 30, 2013
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

The cast is incredible, the writing superb, and the film is unparalleled in its sheer excellence.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

December 12, 2012
Eric Melin

This was Sidney Lumet's first movie and it's as riveting as it was back in the late 50s, when everything was changing.

Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 9, 2011
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

an incisive and gripping film

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 4/4

December 2, 2011
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lumet keeps things tense, sweaty, suspenseful and entertaining despite the contrived story line.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

May 12, 2011
M. Faust
Common Sense Media

Outstanding Henry Fonda jury classic.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 2, 2011
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

A brilliant courtroom drama whose strength lies within the power of Rose's words and Sidney Lumet's great direction (his debut).

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

July 6, 2010
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

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.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: B-

December 28, 2009
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

taut, well-crafted sociological study

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 82/100

August 3, 2009


Not much action, lots of words, great cinema.

Full Review Source: Film4

April 24, 2009
Variety Staff
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The film leaves a tremendous impact.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 30, 2008
Christopher Null

Every bit the classic it's been made out to be for all these years.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

April 30, 2008
Steve Crum

Power house jury room drama w/cast of memorable actors.

| Original Score: 5/5

March 8, 2008
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Makes no self-saluting motions to greater importance, which gives the material the much-desired breathing room it needs to reach full potency.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: A

July 3, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Mechanically written, but within its own middlebrow limitations, it delivers the goods.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 26, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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A strangely realistic thriller.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Emanuel Levy

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.

| Original Score: 5/5

December 18, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

A masterful work of debate and dialogue; of shifting momentum and the ideal of sticking to your scruples in the face of antagonistic groupthink.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

August 26, 2005
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