2012 (2009)



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

Movie Info

Roland Emmerich delivers another large-scale disaster picture with 2012, a Sony Pictures Entertainment production detailing the year when many ancient scribes predicted that the world would end, with John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton, and Oliver Platt filling out the cast. The director co-wrote the script with his 10,000 B.C. writer/composer Harald Kloser.

Rating: PG-13 (for intense disaster sequences and some language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 2, 2010
Box Office: $166.1M
Sony Pictures/Columbia - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for 2012

All Critics (240) | Top Critics (44)

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.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

2012 is the rare case of a bad film that I'm nevertheless obliged to recommend you see.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Top Critic

...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?

Full Review… | June 29, 2013

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.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

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.

Full Review… | September 29, 2012

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

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
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Audience Reviews for 2012

I loved every second of this over the top completely ridiculous movie. But than again I like end of the world flicks. A movie with a group of good actors and I just enjoyed it. In the end if I am entertained a good review it will get.

John Manard

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.

Nikhil N.
Nikhil Nandu

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.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


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