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12 Reviews

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
Dan Zak
Washington Post
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The film transforms Rose's play into a ballet of sorts. The story is as much about movement as it is about words.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 1, 2009
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Those who seek a drama as provocative as it is captivating will find much to enjoy.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 4/4

April 30, 2009
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A fascinating, stylish commentary on Russian justice and the universality of prejudice set in that great crucible for great drama in the jury room.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

April 22, 2009
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Full of passion and speechifying, 12 is unmistakably Russian in spirit and sensibility, but its themes are universal at their core.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

April 10, 2009
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The heated deliberations are a gripping analogy for Russia's turbulent mix of ethnic divisions, corruption, Western influences and idealism.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 2, 2009
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Overwrought, overlong yet mesmerizing.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 27, 2009
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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The tradition of Russian stage acting enriches this satisfying update of Reginald Rose's TV play Twelve Angry Men.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 27, 2009
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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Casting himself as the considerate jury foreman, Mikhalkov turns directorial confinement into a master-class of composition, performance and especially editing, as 12 crackles along for 2- 1/2 hours that grab and hold your attention.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 26, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A powerful new film inspired by a powerful older one.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 26, 2009
Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
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After weathering the characters' windbaggery for nearly three hours, it's hard not to feel like Mikhalkov's done the same to viewers of 12.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

March 20, 2009
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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In the end the film is too much of a piece with its topic, intensely fascinating yet seriously flawed.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

March 20, 2009
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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What keeps the film vital is the acting.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

March 19, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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It's all bit wearying, especially at close to three hours. I haven't heard this much shouting in a movie since the first hour of Full Metal Jacket.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C+

March 16, 2009
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Forget it if you're hoping for some of the pleasures found in Sidney Lumet's 1957 film -- the gradual unraveling of a crime, the heroics of a single juror who persuades his fellow citizens to listen to reason.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

March 13, 2009
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The film's a haul but it's imaginative and rarely dull, especially once you realize how far it has strayed in principle from its source.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

March 12, 2009
Bob Mondello
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The stories the jurors tell, of course, are different ... filled with arguments that reference local tensions and situations possessing a distinctly Chekhovian flavor.

Full Review Source: NPR.org | Original Score: 8.5/10

March 5, 2009
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A loose remake that's not only as Russian as vodka but also a grippingly entertaining actors' showcase.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 5, 2009
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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There's too much glitz here for a story about stripping away the lies from the truth. But the movie doesn't exactly fail. Justice is done.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

March 4, 2009
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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In 12, the elements of the modest courtroom classic 12 Angry Men have been enlarged to operatic dimensions.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

March 4, 2009
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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It's bloated, heavy-handed, and lugubrious.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

March 4, 2009
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2008, Russian actor/director Nikita Mikhalkov's masterful, engrossing 12 is finally finding its way into theaters.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 3, 2009
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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It is well worth seeing if only for the insights into contemporary Russian society. The acting of all 12 jurors is exemplary, in both versions.

February 25, 2009
Ronnie Scheib
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Expansively, dramatically, magnificently Russian, Nikita Mikhalkov's loose remake of 12 Angry Men plays like vintage jazz from a veteran band.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
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