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12 O'clock Boys Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
February 3, 2014
Well-edited and often thrilling, but leaves you with more questions than answers and feels incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.95/10
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
January 28, 2014
Engrossing if slightly slapdash.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
January 30, 2014
The film's implication, that the rides need to be curtailed, seems obvious; and I can't help thinking that Nathan realizes this, but stops short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Godfrey Cheshire
RogerEbert.com
January 31, 2014
[It] spectacularizes black criminality for white middle-class viewers, the primary audience for the festivals and art houses where this film will have its career.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
February 5, 2014
One of the more unique looks at the Other America to come down the line in recent years
Full Review | Original Score: A
Ruth Brown
Willamette Week
January 30, 2014
With so many advocacy documentaries on screens of late, Nathan's unwillingness to take a side is refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kimber Myers
The Playlist
January 31, 2014
An exciting, beautifully shot look at a subculture through the eyes of one of its most devoted admirers.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nathan Bartlebaugh
The Film Stage
June 21, 2016
The filmmaking on 12 O'Clock Boys is masterfully even-handed and fastidiously detailed.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
June 5, 2013
A captivating and nail-bitingly tense documentary that provides a stellar account of Baltimore's urban dirt-bike gang ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Daniel Walber
Film School Rejects
January 31, 2014
It's important to remember that not every day is a joy ride. 12 O'Clock Boys is also a portrait of a family.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
January 26, 2014
It constantly divides itself between fulfilling the conventions of the informational talking-heads documentary and aiming for a more poetically impressionistic quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
January 30, 2014
Nathan's film defies easy categorization; he's interested in neither telling a fairy tale nor painting issues in broad strokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
January 28, 2014
Not only does it work nicely as a slice-of-life narrative, but it also serves as a subtle study of the endemic hopelessness in America's inner cities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Levin
amNewYork
January 31, 2014
This slice-of-life effort presents a complicated picture when it comes to the world of urban dirt biking, acknowledging the dangers involved while celebrating its utility as an outlet for the pent-up emotions of a people left behind by society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
January 30, 2014
Vibrantly filmed documentary about a young boy trying to fit in with notorious Baltimore dirt-bike riders fairly throbs with pent-up passions, but runs out of story fast.
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
January 30, 2014
"12 O'Clock Boys" packs more life into its 72 minutes than many longer documentaries do.
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
March 12, 2013
Nathan's approach is observational and reminds me of the way Steve James constructed Hoop Dreams, following the emerging story while creating context by including footage of Pug and his mother, Coco, at home...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
December 19, 2013
The film itself is a little too rough around the edges to fully engage. Fascinating subject, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
February 10, 2014
For a first-time filmmaker, Nathan achieves a remarkable balance, presenting each side with very little bias.
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
March 5, 2014
There's no balance of perspective, but what the feature lacks in fullness it makes up for in pure energy, extracting a sense of life in motion as its influence by a false sense of security.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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