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2012 (2009)

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39

Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 239
Fresh: 94 | Rotten: 145

Roland Emmerich's 2012 provides plenty of visual thrills, but lacks a strong enough script to support its massive scope and inflated length.

31

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 31

Roland Emmerich's 2012 provides plenty of visual thrills, but lacks a strong enough script to support its massive scope and inflated length.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Movie Info

Disaster movie maven Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) crafts this apocalyptic sci-fi thriller following the prophecy stated by the ancient Mayan calendar, which says that the world will come to an end on December 21, 2012. When a global cataclysm thrusts the world into chaos, divorced writer and father Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) joins the race to ensure that humankind is not completely wiped out. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton, and Oliver

Mar 2, 2010

$166.1M

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All Critics (241) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (94) | Rotten (145) | DVD (4)

Cusack, with his one-of-the-guys face and his nice way with child actors, does creditable work as an Average American Dad trying to put things right.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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2012 is the rare case of a bad film that I'm nevertheless obliged to recommend you see.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
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2012 is reminiscent of yesteryear '80s shlock-tastic blockbusters -- total popcorn entertainment with ridiculous dialogue and impossible situations and special effects that will boggle the brain for a good two-plus hours.

December 7, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comments (2)
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The worst sins of dialogue are visited upon the wonderfully soulful Chiwetel Ejiofor, who has to remind creepy government types that those massive high-tech arks are for all of us, not just the rich and powerful.

November 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Even though this movie's running time of two and a half hours is about one hour too long, there's still some pretty cool disaster stuff on the way.

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (7)
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2012 is so long, and its special effects are at once so outrageous and so thunderously predictable, that by the time I lurched from the theatre I felt that three years had actually passed and that the apocalypse was due any second.

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (8)
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...seriously, how often do we want to escape into worlds that are hell-bent on ravaging our sense of security with invading aliens and furious natural disasters?

June 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
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You cannot say, in the terms of the life and career that Emmerich has built for himself, this is not the apex of his work. The world blows up. The world blows up a lot. The world blows up fantastically. There are worst quests in life.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Emmerich favours hoisting his camera high and dry to give audiences the best panoramic view, but it removes all tension from proceedings - you're always at a safe distance.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Two and a half hours of heaving and cleaving and crashing and crunching.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile | Comment (1)
American Profile

Most of all, I liked the airlifting of giraffes to ark safety via helicopter and the bizarrely unreasonable cheeriness of the beleaguered survivors who all but shout "hip-hip-hooray" after billions of other Earth citizens lose their lives.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com | Comment (1)
Movies.com

Over the top scenes of destruction aside 2012 is generally unimaginative in every way, from conception to execution. It's not particularly bad, but never has the end of the world seemed so quaint.

March 3, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

At points, 2012 was tedious enough to make us feel like we were in the theater until 2012

September 28, 2010 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Comments (2)
3BlackChicks Review

A headache inducing mess of apocalyptic proportions, 2012 is a woeful greatest hits package of disaster film clichés, mixed with shallow social commentary.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

In line with the U.S.-centric heartbeat of 2012, most other nationalities, particularly the Russians, are viewed as imbeciles and/or mere extensions of crude stereotypes - clever Indians, honourable Chinese, stylish Italians, and so on.

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Comments (3)
sbs.com.au

You don't have to say more than "it's a Roland Emmerich film" to get the full brunt of the quality of the production. Great visuals, but weak dialogue and scenarios.

July 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Comments (3)
Cinema Sight

It's cinematic waterboarding and there was more than one occasion during the film when I was convinced it was never going to end.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

I can't claim to have seen every terrible film in cinematic history, but in my fairly extensive watchography, 2012 is certainly in the top 5 worst ever.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Comments (6)
Fan The Fire

Action-packed entertainment builds around efforts, not to prevent the destruction of the planet, but to plan for the continuation of the human race.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

It's the end of the world as we know it%u2026 again! But hand it to Roland Emmerich, an old hand at cinematic Armageddon, for making the apocalypse such an entertaining ride.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Seanax.com | Comment (1)
Seanax.com

The strongest thing about this movie is the "this I have to see" factor. If only the story had the same kind of groove going as the effects.

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Berlin Alexanderplatz feels like a Saturday afternoon matinee compared to this.

March 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Comment (1)
Projection Booth

Even though the extras [on the DVD] are chock-a-block, they are still for a bad movie.

March 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Comment (1)
Reeling Reviews

The end of the world movie to end 'em all, it turns out to be a sort of cross between the sci-fi camptacular When Worlds Collide and every previous Emmerich movie. Guilty pleasures galore.

February 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

Audience Reviews for 2012

I like a big disaster film and they don't get much bigger (or disastrous) than 2012. Roland Emmerich has the big budget and the computer know-how to create visual amazingness....at least for the first 5 minutes. It all gets a little gratuitous after that with planes dodging buildings, underground trains flying out of mountains and an indestructible limousine. Watching the demise of every landmark between LA and China is standard but it gets a little tiresome after a while. Roland Emmerich's biggest downfall (yet again) is the huge pile of steaming schmaltz he covers the film in, running head-first into every action film cliche in the book (the dog survives and even though he turns out to be a nice guy, the step-dad dies because there is no room for him in the family dynamic, people don't split up in Hollywood, someone has to die). Emmerich needs to pull a new trick out of his sleeve, next time he should kill everyone including the kids and especially the dog!

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September 18, 2014
SirPant

Super Reviewer

I got bored incredibly fast. It has fascinating visual effects. And that is where it stops. There are serious issues of race and class struggle that start to peak up towards the end of the movie, but instead of making the movie interesting by exploring these avenues more, Emmerich returns the focus to the most obnoxious of lead characters.
June 5, 2014
Nikhil N.
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Super Reviewer

I suppose the general idea behind the film was noble, but why did they have to write such a crappy story for it. It's a given to say that the visual effects are excellent. But a decent plot, if such a think ever existed in disaster flicks, would've been a nice touch.
February 16, 2014
Raajay

Super Reviewer

    1. Adrian Helmsley: There's a young astrophysicist from India who's the reason we're all here. He's the one who discovered it all. He connected all the dots. We all owe him our lives. I just learned that he was killed with his family in a tsunami in Eastern India. He was my friend. And he died in vain. Everybody out there has died in vain if we start our future with an act of cruelty. What will you tell your children? What will they tell theirs.
    2. Laura Wilson: If my father were here, he would open the gates.
    3. President Sergey Makarenko: The people of Russia along with China, and Japan agree. Open the gates.
    4. German Chancellor: The United Kingdom, Spain, France, Canada, Germany and I believe I may also speak for the Italian Prime Minister we vote to let these people come in.
    – Submitted by Jean R (49 days ago)
    1. Scotty: It's been upgraded to a 10.9 by the guys at Harvard.
    2. Adrian Helmsley: What does Caltech have to say?
    3. Professor West: The whole city of Pasadena was wiped out just a few minutes ago. This is coming in from Coachella Valley out near Joshua Tree. That wasn't there this morning. And 400 miles further north, Point Reyes, same thing.
    4. Adrian Helmsley: The San Andreas Fault is shifting.
    5. Professor West: Yes. And all major sister faults in the Bay Area. The whole Pacific plate is destabilizing.
    – Submitted by Jean R (15 months ago)
    1. Harry Helmsley: I barely see my boy, but at least we talk.
    2. Tony Delgado: About what?
    3. Harry Helmsley: Life, and how short it is.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (22 months ago)
    1. President Wilson: I'm coming home, Dorothy.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (22 months ago)
    1. Jackson Curtis: Kate, California is going down! Pack up the kids, now!
    2. Kate Curtis: They just got back. God you sound like a crazy person, the Governor says we're fine now.
    3. Jackson Curtis: That guy is an actor, he's reading a script! When the tell you not to panic, that's when you run!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (22 months ago)
    1. President Wilson: Today, none of us are strangers. Today, we are one family, stepping into the darkness together. We are a nation of many religion, but I believe these words reflect the spirit of all our faiths. The Lord is my Shepard...
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (2 years ago)
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