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12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) Reviews

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Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
June 30, 2013
The film takes a confined, almost completely banal real-world location and makes it completely dynamic, using incredibly nimble camera movements to establish character motivation and theme.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 19, 2002
This is a film where tension comes from personality conflict, dialogue and body language, not action.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 5, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 26, 2005
A masterful work of debate and dialogue; of shifting momentum and the ideal of sticking to your scruples in the face of antagonistic groupthink.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2015
Lumet in his first film records it as a meticulous laboratory experiment, a clammy orchestra
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
Pure dynamite in movie form.
| Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
A brilliant courtroom drama whose strength lies within the power of Rose's words and Sidney Lumet's great direction (his debut).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 13, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Mark R. Leeper
August 3, 2004
This film is a great combination of an adult theme and the treatment suitable for younger audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
September 29, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 26, 2007
Mechanically written, but within its own middlebrow limitations, it delivers the goods.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 12, 2012
The cast is incredible, the writing superb, and the film is unparalleled in its sheer excellence.
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
July 3, 2007
Makes no self-saluting motions to greater importance, which gives the material the much-desired breathing room it needs to reach full potency.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Variety Staff
June 30, 2008
The film leaves a tremendous impact.
Christopher Null
April 30, 2008
Every bit the classic it's been made out to be for all these years.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Eric Melin
December 9, 2011
This was Sidney Lumet's first movie and it's as riveting as it was back in the late 50s, when everything was changing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A strangely realistic thriller.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
December 28, 2009
12 Angry Men has some shrewd observations to sell about argumentation and group behavior, but they're not the ones of which the film seems most proud.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Dan Lybarger
Kansas City Star
November 29, 2002
Sidney Lumet's debut feels a bit stagy but is never short on tension.
| Original Score: 4/5
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