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12 Angry Men Reviews

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August 6, 2017
A weaker version to the original masterpiece. It's not the same if you watch the 1957 version first.
½ January 19, 2017
A pointless and poorly made television remake. (First and only viewing - 4/15/2010)
June 25, 2016
didn't realize this remake had been made. i'll have to check it out -- love the original.
March 1, 2016
Profound and articulate script, and very progressive conceptually for its time.
February 13, 2016
Not nearly as good as the original.
January 26, 2016
Not so sure it needed a remake...
December 7, 2015
Emotional yet not overly sentimental, impactful, and bearing an important message (whether you choose to take it as a moral or logical one).
Paris S.
Super Reviewer
October 9, 2015
It's not the original, but the core of the message is here.
January 12, 2015
I'd rather see the original.
January 12, 2015
I'd rather see the original.
December 10, 2014
This movie is shot all in one room and this kept me entertained from beginning to end!
September 6, 2014
a good remake that is still nowhere near the original
September 3, 2014
One room, eleven men and Jack Lemmon!!! Very very good movie...
½ August 25, 2014
Realistic, contained, and remade in a acceptable fashion, amazing performances all around by the cast giving it that life like feel, drawing you into to it's story and brutal reality.
½ August 15, 2014
Love this remake better than the original mostly because of the casting. Whoever did the casting did a great job casting George C. Scott, James Gandolfini, Tony Danza, Mykleti Williamson, and Jack Lemmon! The only problem I had was the casting, Juror #4 should've been Kelsey Grammer. Other than that a great film!!!
August 11, 2014
George C. Scott steals the movie!
½ July 31, 2014
The film lacks the older version's intensity and restraint which made it feel so real and necessary for period film purposes; we have excellent performances notwithstanding but startling lack of atmosphere and energy from its direction don't spellbind this version. Entertaining but hardly riveting.
April 27, 2014
I'd love to see the differences, forced by society and the powers that be, that were made int he movie. Also, is the strength of the actors or is it the strength of the script that made this so good?
April 3, 2014
An achievement in film making, this movie's influence still lingers today.
March 3, 2014
12 Angry Men (William Friedkin, 1997)
[originally posted 19Feb2001]

Friedkin's made-for-television adaptation of the classic 1957 film is surprisingly well-thought-out and executed with a atyle most straight-to-small-screen works lack. Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott presage their conflicts in the later made-for-TV remake Inherit the Wind as the two jurors who refuse to budge from their convictions that a murder case does and does not have reasonable doubt attached to it, respectively.

As with the original, 12 Angry Men is really an ensemble piece, the first American example of avant-garde filmmaking on a mass scale; with the exception of a few brief flashes at beginning and end, the film takes place in two adjoining rooms, a jury room and a men's room, allowing the director no scenic latitude at all and forcing him to concentrate on the actors themselves. Friedkin, as Lumet before him, gathers a mix of the well-known and the underrated from all corners of the Hollywood backlot, gives each a speech, and goes to great pains to ensure that those who espouse even the most controversial views are as charismatic as those who are warmer and fuzzier. In other words, this is an actors' movie, pure and simple, and if you enjoy watching actors do what they do, you'll get a kick out of this. ****
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