• Unrated, 2 hr. 1 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jeff Lipsky
    In Theaters:
    Aug 12, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 7, 2011
  • Virgil Films

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Twelve Thirty Reviews

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Lipsky tries to use dialogue to cover up weaknesses in other areas - such as why these people behave the way they do. Some of the movie is inviting, some of it off-putting.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 11, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It doesn't work but I doubt you'll regret seeing it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 12, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Reiners and Gummer have respective moments where their talents shine, but there's not enough here to keep any but the most masochistic even moderately interested.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 6, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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This sort of emotional-chaos-in-suburbia (it all takes place in Iowa) has been done well, of course, and at times it is here. But Lipsky's overly arch and tangential dialogue has too many curlicues, and everyone's emotions seem just this side of affected.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

March 25, 2011
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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For all the promising fodder, the talky, acrid "Twelve Thirty" feels soulless, an emotion-free zone that deals its darkness in a shockingly flip manner.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 18, 2011
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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It is a film that gradually draws the viewer into its thrall and builds to an unpredictable but effective climax.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 3, 2011
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

While movies with a gay look at hetero mating habits may not be sympathetic, at least some authenticity is a must. And this film dodges just that, as a closet gay spouse self-liberates from his dysfunctional family, fleeing the all-female Cuckoo's Nest.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

January 22, 2011
Jon Frosch
Hollywood Reporter
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Wrongheaded, off-putting portrait of Midwestern family dysfunction.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 21, 2011
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The paradox of aggressively pursuing intimacy and discovering the idiosyncratic chaos inside everyday people runs to the heart of Twelve Thirty.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 14, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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It wears out its welcome well before the two-hour mark.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 14, 2011
Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
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A film more satisfying in occasional isolated moments than as a coherent dramatic entity.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 12, 2011
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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Despite a few moments of surprising insight, Twelve Thirty comes off as more mechanistic than organic; it's composed rather than truly lived.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

January 12, 2011
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