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Twelve (2010)

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 12

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Twelve is the story of 17-year-old White Mike, the privileged son of a restaurant tycoon. His mother succumbed to breast cancer several years before the film begins. White Mike is a drug dealer who has taken his senior year in high school off to sell drugs to his wealthy peers. When he is not selling drugs he is reminiscing of his childhood and philosophizing about a world he feels he is not a part of. The title of the film refers to a new designer drug which the protagonist of the novel, White

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Sinks under the weight of its own pretensions.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The result isn't awful, but it is awfully familiar. When will someone make a film about being old, poor and ugly in Omaha?

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
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It all comes off as faintly absurd.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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It feels as shopworn as a dusty VHS tape of Less Than Zero.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Schumacher can't keep himself from the kind of vibey camera and editing flourishes that facilitate only viewer numbness...

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Plays like a melodramatic rip-off of Bret Easton Ellis books about insufferable kids obsessed with money, drugs and themselves.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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irritating

January 5, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
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Overburdened with too many characters and a manufactured conclusion, "Twelve" wastes a solid performance by Chace Crawford.

January 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

There are absolutely no surprises in "Twelve." None. And the characters are as familiar as the story--a stock collection of "prep school" males and females that look as if they've never sat through a class in their lives.

January 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
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Give Schumacher credit for making a movie that is, at the very least, unique in its failure.

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: IFC.com
IFC.com

The film version of Twelve is quite the opposite of the book, a dull and thoughtless ride with a sad excuse for a climax.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
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Joel Schumacher's talent exceeds his ambition in Twelve.

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Press | Comments (2)
New York Press

An unsavory piece of dreary, mindless ick from a director who can't seem to get his act together these days. That is, if he ever had an act to begin with.

August 7, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
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One of the characters...astutely describes herself as 'shallow and narcissistic.' So's the movie.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Want to punch the narrator in the face? Good, we're on the same page.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

Like most of its characters, Twelve is too cool for school.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

Another disappointing portrait of rich spoiled kids based on an estimable novel, though you can't blame the actors for the shallow, glitzy tale, directed by Joel Schumacher.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Bleak, intense look at the high life of NYC's young elites.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Twelve is so much less than zero.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Twelve

[My predicted rating: 3

This film almost has good points and could have made it as good film, perhaps if the acting was a little more gritty and parts of the plot were tidied up it would have been. In a world full of materialistic teens, the only one with a heart seems to be Drug Dealer "White Mike".

In the tough world of Drug dealing, gangs etc, "White Mike" seems to flow through with no trouble from more likely dealers, meanwhile we hear lots of back stories from all the characters, which never really go anywhere, it's a bit of a "pretty film". Fans of 50 Cent, will probably be disappointed in his small role, which really doesn't mix in too well.

I have to give one mention of praise though and that is to Rory Culkin, who did show some pretty decent acting skills.
November 4, 2011
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Such a dull and boring movie. I stopped at the 10 minute mark. That narrator was killing me. His monotone voice giving me useless background information that I didn't need to know and didn't give a fuck about. Omggggg I didn't even watch it for that long, but it drove me insane. I HATE narrators in a movie; it ruins the entire thing. It was like a fucking audio book. Nothing was even happening in the movie, sure I only watched it for a few minutes, but come on. A movie shouldn't be THAT uninteresting in the first 10 minutes. What a piece of shit film.
September 4, 2011
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    1. Narrator: So you're born in the capital of the world and you can never escape. And that's how it is because that's how everyone wants it to be. It is all about want. No one needs anything here. It is about when you wake up in the morning and the snow is already coming down and it's bright between the buildings where the sun falls but already dark where the shadows are. And it's all about the want. What do you want? Because if you don't want something you've got nothing. You are adrift. You're washed away and then buried under the snow in shadow. And when in the spring the snow melts, no one will remember where you were frozen and buried. And you will no longer be anywhere.
    – Submitted by Kim L (2 years ago)
    1. Narrator: You will not be remembered if you die now. You'll be buried and mourned by a few and what more can you ask for? The world will spiral from underneath you and you are either too smart or too dumb to find God. Maybe you are angry. Only because the way out is through love. And you are just horny and lonely.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Sara: I have lots of boyfriends. I mean, I'm not a slut. But, different guys are interesting for different reasons. You're interesting for a very specific reason.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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