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2012 Reviews

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Neil Pond
American Profile
September 30, 2011
Two and a half hours of heaving and cleaving and crashing and crunching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Starnes
March 3, 2011
Over the top scenes of destruction aside 2012 is generally unimaginative in every way, from conception to execution. It's not particularly bad, but never has the end of the world seemed so quaint.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 11, 2009
It's an exhausting, clumsy mess, and its moments of excitement are eventually toppled by the unstoppable tsunami of cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
November 13, 2009
To put it as simple as humanly possible, if you decide to go see one of director Roland Emmerich's end-of-the-world films you should know exactly what you are getting into.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 11, 2009
Are we meant to applaud when skyscrapers topple and ships capsize, with tiny digital faceless bodies plummeting into the void? You make the disaster this real and it's not entertaining or chilling.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
April 15, 2010
I can't claim to have seen every terrible film in cinematic history, but in my fairly extensive watchography, 2012 is certainly in the top 5 worst ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 13, 2009
...Roland Emmerich has done it again - he has delivered a movie that can pass for either a sunny atrocity or a brilliant black joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
November 19, 2009
An Oscar-caliber cast and dazzling visual effects can't rescue this formulaic disaster flick from a script flooded with generic dialogue and preposterous plot points.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
November 12, 2009
If, as is believed in certain fringe circles, the world will come to an end in 2012, at least there will be no more movies like this one made.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nell Minow
November 12, 2009
"2012" is yet another example of technological genius and story-telling mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 13, 2009
This oafish epic about the End of Days -- as predicted by the Mayan calendar -- operates in a dead zone roughly equidistant between parody and idiocy.
Simon Foster
August 9, 2010
In line with the U.S.-centric heartbeat of 2012, most other nationalities, particularly the Russians, are viewed as imbeciles and/or mere extensions of crude stereotypes - clever Indians, honourable Chinese, stylish Italians, and so on.
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 13, 2009
Master of Disaster Roland Emmerich lives down to his reputation with what amounts to the biggest snuff film of all time.
Julian Roman
November 12, 2009
Like watching a Mexican soap opera with bad ass special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 11, 2009
The Earth's crust destabilizes, quakes and tsunamis run riot, and continents shift, opening up a chasm directly under Columbia Pictures, the folks who hired Roland Emmerich to direct the movie.
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
November 13, 2009
160 minutes of this nonsense is at least 90 minutes of back story too many.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
November 24, 2009
It's missing the point to note that the patriotism on display in '2012' is embarrassingly shallow, as are Emmerich's genuflections to the value of faith. This is not a movie of ideas, but one of visceral thrills. On that level it's hardly inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
December 8, 2009
Emmerich deals in crayon-kit characterizations and shots of famous monuments crumbling into dust
Clay Cane
November 11, 2009
A gargantuan mess.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Scott Weinberg
November 12, 2009
Emmerich wavers between shocking, silly, and maudlin like a toddler would fingerpaint with red, yellow, and blue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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