2012 Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 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 | Original Score: B
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
September 29, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: B
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
2012 is the rare case of a bad film that I'm nevertheless obliged to recommend you see.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
March 25, 2010
Action-packed entertainment builds around efforts, not to prevent the destruction of the planet, but to plan for the continuation of the human race.
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
March 25, 2010
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.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
March 15, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
February 8, 2010
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.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
February 1, 2010
Plausible plot points, great special effects and characters we care about. That's really about all you need to enjoy this Apocalypse Wow!
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 15, 2009
My enthusiasm for 2012 is not because I think it's high art with an important social message. Screw that %u2013 this movie is about pure spectacle, and it pulls that off fabulously.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
December 11, 2009
There's a whole world of destruction going on in the film's ridiculously excessive special-effects sequences. But there's a whole lot of entertaining going on, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
December 10, 2009
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 7, 2009
2012 is well made spectacle. It's finely crafted trash. It's in on the joke, and it's laughing along with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
December 7, 2009
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.
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com
December 6, 2009
I'm curious, just a bit, about what goes on in the mind of Roland Emmerich. Does he know that he makes some of the best comedies ever written?
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
December 3, 2009
As with "Independence Day," "2012" is what comes of hiring legitimate actors to hawk hokum. And "2012" certainly is all cheese on wry, but it's smart within its means as a palpable, if popcorn, lesson about parental and personal responsibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 25, 2009
Gleefully over-the-top, this film takes the disaster movie pretty much as far as it can go
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
November 23, 2009
In the final forty-five minutes the movie starts to feel very long and played-out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
November 17, 2009
Here's a movie that's dopey, cheesy and sometimes downright silly. But it's a disaster movie. It's supposed to be ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
July 5, 2012
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March 3, 2012
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