2012 (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

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

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 Platt round out the cast of this end-of-the-world thriller co-scripted by the director and his 10,000 B.C. writer/composer, Harald Kloser.more
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


John Cusack
as Jackson Curtis
Chiwetel Ejiofor
as Adrian Helmsley
Thandie Newton
as Laura Wilson
Oliver Platt
as Carl Anheuser
Tom McCarthy
as Gordon Silberman
Woody Harrelson
as Charlie Frost
Danny Glover
as President Thomas Wil...
Liam James
as Noah Curtis
Morgan Lily
as Lilly Curtis
Zlatko Buric
as Yuri Karpov
Zlatko Burik
as Yuri Karpov
John Billingsley
as Professor West
Chang Tseng
as Grandfather Sonam
Lisa Lu
as Grandmother Sonam
Blu Mankuma
as Harry Helmsley
George Segal
as Tony Delgado
Stephen McHattie
as Captain Michaels
Patrick Bauchau
as Roland Picard
Jimi Mistry
as Dr. Satnam Tsurutani
Merrilyn Gann
as German Chancellor
Henry O
as Lama Rinpoche
Patrick Gilmore
as Ark Communication Of...
Dean Marshall
as Ark Communication Of...
Ronald Selmour
as Ark Boarding Officer
Viv Leacock
as Ark Boarding Officer
Chris Boyd
as Ark Boarding Officer
Donna Yamamoto
as AF1 Science Officer
Doron Bell Jr.
as AF1 Science Officer
David Orth
as AF1 Lieutenant
Lyndall Grant
as Governor
Jason Diablo
as Ark Tech Officer
Ty Olsson
as AF1 Officer
Zinaid Memisevic
as President Sergey Mak...
Vincent Cheng
as Chinese Colonel
Igor Morozov
as Russian Interpreter
B.J. Harrison
as Woman Comforting Chi...
Karin Konoval
as Sally - President's ...
Mary Gillis
as Jackson's Neighbor
Rick Tae
as Megaphone Officer
Parm Soor
as Saudi Prince
Gerard Plunkett
as Isaacs - M6 Officer
Paul Tryl
as Zultan
Andrei Kovski
as Zultan's Trainer
Val Cole
as News Reporter - Tika...
Eve Harlow
as Cashier
Sean Tyson
as Interrogating Office...
Leonard Tenisci
as Italian Prime Minist...
Michael Buffer
as Boxing Announcer
Daren A. Herbert
as Ship Waiter
Craig Stanghetta
as Vegas Rescue Worker
Mateen Devji
as Ajit - age 5
Qayam Devji
as Ajit - age 9
Jody Thompson
as CNN Anchor
Tanya Champoux
as Mrs. Birnbaum
Kinua McWatt
as Yoko Delgatto
Laara Sadiq
as British Newscaster
Gillian Barber
as Cruise Ship Lady
Candus Churchill
as Cruise Ship Lady
Beverley Elliott
as Cruise Ship Lady
Agam Darshi
as Aparana
Raj Lal
as Gurdeep
Pesi Daruwalla
as Dr. Lokesh
Jacob Blair
as AF1 Steward
Jay Williams
as AF1 Steward
Denny Miller
as Ark Naval Officer
Anna Mae Routledge
as Ark Naval Officer
Ryan Cook
as Surfer
Betty Phillips
as Elderly Driver
Georgina Hegedos
as Elderly Driver
Luis Javier
as Vegas Tow Truck Driv...
Dean Redman
as Vegas Fireman
Gordon Lai
as Security Commander
Mark Docherty
as Field Reporter - Tik...
Mark Oliver
as Fundrariser Security
Andrew Moxham
as Policeman
Alexandra Castillo
as Paris Reporter
Farouk A. Afify
as Saudi Senior Securit...
Shaun Wilson
as US Army Worker
S. Leo Chiang
as Chinese Soldier
Elizabeth Richard
as Queen Elizabeth
Kyle Riefsnyder
as Cho Ming Platform Of...
John Mee
as Angry Billionaire
George Trochta
as American Ark Steward
Geoff Gustafson
as Ark Bridge Crew
Alex Zahara
as Ark Bridge Crew
Jase-Anthony Griffit...
as Ark Bridge Crew
Jill Morrison
as Ark Bridge Crew
Thomas Parkinson
as Ark Bridge Crew
Leona Naidoo
as Ark Bridge Crew
Quentin Guyon
as Ark Bridge Crew
Nicole Rudell
as Ark Bridge Crew
Chad Riley
as Ark Bridge Crew
Simon Leung
as Ark Bridge Crew
Kevin Haaland
as Ark Bridge Crew
Leigh Burrows
as US Army Worker
Chin Han
as Tenzin
Scott Miller
as Ark Naval Officer
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News & Interviews for 2012

Critic Reviews for 2012

All Critics (240) | Top Critics (45)

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
American Profile

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


Adrian Helmsley: Yes sir. Who are you bringing?
Carl Anheuser: Nobody! Who, my ex wife? Last thing she said to me, never want to see you again. So be it.
– Submitted by Andrew S (30 days ago)
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.
Laura Wilson: If my father were here, he would open the gates.
President Sergey Makarenko: The people of Russia along with China, and Japan agree. Open the gates.
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 (22 months ago)
Scotty: It's been upgraded to a 10.9 by the guys at Harvard.
Adrian Helmsley: What does Caltech have to say?
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.
Adrian Helmsley: The San Andreas Fault is shifting.
Professor West: Yes. And all major sister faults in the Bay Area. The whole Pacific plate is destabilizing.
– Submitted by Jean R (2 years ago)
Harry Helmsley: I barely see my boy, but at least we talk.
Tony Delgado: About what?
Harry Helmsley: Life, and how short it is.
– Submitted by Matthew D (3 years ago)

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