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Ocean's Twelve (2004)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 177
Fresh: 98 | Rotten: 79

While some have found the latest star-studded heist flick to be a fun, glossy star vehicle, others declare it's lazy, self-satisfied and illogical.


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 16

While some have found the latest star-studded heist flick to be a fun, glossy star vehicle, others declare it's lazy, self-satisfied and illogical.



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After pulling off the heist of their lives, Danny Ocean and his pals unexpectedly find themselves back in harness in this sequel to 2001's blockbuster hit Ocean's Eleven. After robbing a cool $160 million from the Bellaggio Hotel Casino and winning back his former wife, Tess (Julia Roberts), from Bellagio owner Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is living quietly on the lam in Connecticut when he's unexpectedly approached by Benedict. It seems Benedict has tracked down


Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy

George Nolfi

Apr 12, 2005


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Hits a new low in condescending facetiousness, with no fewer than 15 performers of varying talents, tongues firmly in cheeks, undercutting all the genre's action conventions while camping up a storm on two continents.

January 27, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comment (1)
New York Observer
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It does the hard work of being a light, smartly turned-out amusement, the sort of thing that's becoming more and more rare on the movie landscape these days.

December 11, 2004 Full Review Source:
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May be one of the most glamorous, goofy and heartfelt films about failure ever made.

December 11, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Some of the bits are hysterical, but others fall flat.

December 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A top-rate cast makes up for the thin plot.

December 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A self-indulgent lark if ever there was one. Lucky for us Steven Soderbergh is at the helm.

August 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

Has the unfortunate distinction of featuring the most ridiculous and infuriating self-congratulatory in-joke I have ever seen...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Modern anti-heroes. Criminals with heart. And these guys are stinkin' funny.

September 27, 2006
Christianity Today

Infuratingly lazy and insultingly smug. My choice for the worst film of 2004.

December 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Fantastica Daily | Comments (3)
Fantastica Daily

...the only way [Bernie Mac and Eddie Izzard's] talent could have been less showcased is if they had been assigned to carpentry duty.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source:

So insubstantial as to barely register as an actual film.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

It's all lightweight fluff, to be sure, but it's fun, harmless, and, for me, completely engaging fluff.

March 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Badly thought-out sequel with an appalling script and several half-hearted performances - you'll have more fun watching the original again.

February 5, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

All around, you can feel the strain of people trying very hard to make it seem like they're not trying.

February 4, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

(...) sinceramente, el espectador se da cuenta cuando un director talentoso hace algo con desgano, por el mero hecho de cumplir.

January 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

I applaud Soderbergh, the producers and Warner Bros. for realizing that if I want to see Ocean's Eleven again, I'll pop it in my DVD player.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Tem seus bons momentos, mas o elenco parece estar mais interessado na própria diversão do que em entreter o espectador - e o ridículo ato final deixa isto bastante claro.

January 6, 2005
Cinema em Cena

'The final half hour of the film is a tasty treat, clarifying the mess that comes before ...'

January 5, 2005 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

Soderbergh's dirty dozen had me dozing....We're reduced to a silent partner, kowtowing before all the uber-coolness.

January 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

En el universo de un ladrón, nunca nada es lo que parece, ni siquiera los personajes.

January 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinenganos

All these camera tricks, cameos and in-jokes momentarily distract the viewer, but one is left with nagging questions once the theater lights go up.

December 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Lawrence Journal-World
Lawrence Journal-World

Ocean's Twelve keeps its characters at a distance; they entertain us -- and each other -- with their witty talk, but that's as far as it goes.

December 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

... no improvement, unless one should care to marvel all over again at the utter lack of chemistry between [George] Clooney and Julia Roberts.

December 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Fort Worth Business Press

Audience Reviews for Ocean's Twelve

Bringing back this star studded cast for one more round may seem like a good idea before the writing stages of this film began, but honestly, it just retreads everything that happened during the first film, while trying too hard to top the dialogue and clever plot points. In the end, this film kind of falls flat on it's face, because everything just falls into place far too easily. Everything falls apart in the beginning when Terry Benedict, whom they robbed in the first film wants his money back, for no reason, because he clearly states that his insurance already paid it back to him. They find a way to get the money back, which seems too easy, and obviously it is, because they can't accomplish it. This film has no idea whether it wants to be believable or not. Halfway through I started getting bored and I really didn't care if these guys got placed in jail or succeeded. "Ocean's Twelve" had too much going for it, for what it actually is.
July 28, 2012
KJ Proulx

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Fans of the first film are bound to find something in this movie. It has its flaws including a lack of logic and a flimsy plot. But I enjoyed it because of the likable cast and decent one liners.
March 31, 2012
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Nay sayers don't dislike the actual movie which is in many ways was just as stylish, hilarious and directed as the first but they seem to be infuriated at the self indulgent nature of the whole ordeal.

Which makes me scratch my head, who gives a shit? What is this, some sort of political emotional debate on the principals of franchises in film making? Get out.

Oceans Twelve is an incredibly, fun, working sequel but it's important to stress that it's not so much an elaborate heist film as it is a mosaic of comedic character driven epilogues.

As smug as it is loosely strung together at times it all eventually comes together and I have to give Nolfi credit for not creating another formulaic heist film about bringing a team together to do "one big job", rather, bringing in this larger than life "Nightfox" character and Europol love interest Lahiri to really shake things up giving the entire plot a sort of unpremeditated fluidity.

I can see how it's lazy, as the audience is finally clued into the events that took place between gaps without so much as a hint that they took place and in the end, these big reveals just feel cheap.

It's hardly perfect but entertaining as hell. The only thing I don't get is how did Matt Damon's character have no idea what was going on when he was shown pulling the egg from the train?
March 29, 2012
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

Danny's crew are back together as Tony Bennett wants his money back with interest. They go to Europe to pull off some robberies to repay their debts.This storyline isn't as good as the first but it is still very clever and you can't help but swoon over Brad and George. Bruce Willis makes a cameo and Julia Roberts pretends to play herself.
March 10, 2012
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

    1. Danny Ocean: Every problem is an opportunity in disguise.
    – Submitted by Kaye E (20 months ago)
    1. Danny Ocean: How old do you think I am?
    2. Virgil Malloy: Forty-eight?
    3. Danny Ocean: You think I'm forty-eight years old?
    4. Virgil Malloy: ...Fifty-two?
    – Submitted by Derek H (2 years ago)
    1. Linus Caldwell: I am a traveler of both time and space.
    – Submitted by Cory P (2 years ago)
    1. François Toulour: How can I refuse a dying man's last request?
    – Submitted by Emily C (3 years ago)
    1. Tess Ocean: Oh no... Danny?
    2. Danny Ocean: What?
    3. Tess Ocean: Uhhhh... there's water in the basement, and the pilot light is out.
    4. Danny Ocean: Hang up.
    – Submitted by Emily C (3 years ago)
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