2012

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Roland Emmerich's 2012 provides plenty of visual thrills, but lacks a strong enough script to support its massive scope and inflated length.

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Earth's billions of inhabitants are unaware that the planet has an expiration date. With the warnings of an American scientist (Chiwetel Ejiofor), world leaders begin secret preparations for the survival of select members of society. When the global cataclysm finally occurs, failed writer Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) tries to lead his family to safety as the world starts falling apart.

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John Cusack
Jackson Curtis
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Adrian Helmsley
Oliver Platt
Carl Anheuser
Thandie Newton
Laura Wilson
Danny Glover
President Thomas Wilson
Woody Harrelson
Charlie Frost
Tom McCarthy
Gordon Silberman
Liam James
Noah Curtis
Morgan Lily
Lilly Curtis
Roland Emmerich
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Harald Kloser
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Roland Emmerich
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Ute Emmerich
Executive Producer
Michael Wimer
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Dean Semler
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Critic Reviews for 2012

All Critics (244) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (96) | Rotten (148)

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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 1/5
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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Cusack, with his one-of-the-guys face and his nice way with child actors, does creditable work as an Average American Dad trying to put things right.

    September 7, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • 2012 is the rare case of a bad film that I'm nevertheless obliged to recommend you see.

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Laremy Legel

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  • 2012 is reminiscent of yesteryear '80s shlock-tastic blockbusters -- total popcorn entertainment with ridiculous dialogue and impossible situations and special effects that will boggle the brain for a good two-plus hours.

    December 7, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Even though this movie's running time of two and a half hours is about one hour too long, there's still some pretty cool disaster stuff on the way.

    November 16, 2009

Audience Reviews for 2012

  • Jun 26, 2016
    While it may have the occasional fun sequence, 2012 is too self-serious for it's own good - as well as having characters and acting that are boring, stale and wooden. The implausibility of the events is to the point of ridiculousness.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2016
    This disaster flick really goes for the brass ring and tries to destroy the entire world. The concept for the plot is interesting as solar radiation is heating up the earth's core. The action sequences are fairly good and the special effects are excellent. The veiled message at the end comes across as almost too "in your face" though, much like in "The Day After Tomorrow." As disaster films go, however, this one isn't the worst.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2016
    This is a horrible movie. The plot really have potential to create something smart and special, but because of horrible writing and mediocre directing from Roland Emmerich, it just becomes another big scaled disaster movie. The characters are definitely the worst thing about this movie, because they are so uninteresting and the acting is so bad. John Cusack's character is so horribly written that Cusack himself, didn't even bother giving a somewhat acceptable performance. Woody Harrelson just plays Woody Harrelson, and while that may not be a bad thing, his character is just as insane and crappy written as every other character. Chiwetel Ejiofor is the only actor who gives a somewhat good performance in this movie, but his character is really just there for exposition and to narrate the various events that go down in the movie. The effects on the other hand are spectacular and follow the trail of great effects in Emmerich's movies, except for "Godzilla," of course. In the end, this is a really bad movie with some bad writing and badly written characters. Still excited for "Independence Day: Resurgence," though...
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2015
    The false-predictable 2012 had its good moments, but unfortunately ended up being a disaster all over the place as soon the first disaster came.
    EpicLadySponge t Super Reviewer

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