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2012 Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 1/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
2012 is the rare case of a bad film that I'm nevertheless obliged to recommend you see.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
December 7, 2009
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.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
November 16, 2009
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.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 16, 2009
2012 is so long, and its special effects are at once so outrageous and so thunderously predictable, that by the time I lurched from the theatre I felt that three years had actually passed and that the apocalypse was due any second.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 13, 2009
[Nothing] will give you more respect for how difficult it is to be an actor than watching top talent like John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet and Oliver Platt struggling to treat the film's ungodly language and situations with perfect seriousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 13, 2009
As always in Emmerich's rollicking Armageddons, the cannon speaks with an expensive bang, while the fodder gets afforded nary a whimper.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 13, 2009
This is fear-mongering, sentimental, horror show shtick, but it's also fairly competent, making 2012 a work of awful efficiency
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
November 13, 2009
[J]ust as the cyclones and tsunamis of The Day After Tomorrow ultimately succumbed to a bad case of narrative frostbite, 2012's ludicrous thrills begin burning themselves out by the movie's midpoint.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
November 13, 2009
If the viewer were ever invited to think or feel about what's happening on-screen, the movie's wow-whoa-ain't-it-cool momentum would collapse in a heap of horrific preposterousness.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
November 13, 2009
As you might expect with director Roland Emmerich, the movie isn't a patch on the trailer.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 13, 2009
Despite the frenetic action scenes, the movie sags, done in by multiple story lines that undercut one another and by the heaviness of its conceit.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
November 13, 2009
Bigger, louder, crazier and more wildly exhilarating than anything previously attempted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dan Kois
Washington Post
November 13, 2009
The crowning achievement in Emmerich's long, profitable career as a destroyer of worlds.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 13, 2009
Only a movie critic without a sense of humor would question whether you could really drive a limo straight through a collapsing skyscraper...or whether the Dalai Lama really owns a pickup truck.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
November 13, 2009
Preposterous? You bet. But 2012 delivers the disaster-movie goods better than any other popcorn movie we've seen since the '80s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 13, 2009
I could fairly describe the 2012 plot as follows: The highest-paid members of an indifferent cast survive the massive floods and giant fireballs that cause our planet's destruction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 13, 2009
The movie is an undeniable visual spectacle, but just as unequivocally a cheesy, ridiculous story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 12, 2009
Beware 2012, which works the dubious miracle of almost matching Transformers 2 for sheer, cynical, mind-numbing, time-wasting, money-draining, soul-sucking stupidity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 12, 2009
The effects are expensive-looking and impressive enough while you're watching them, although whatever awe they inspire doesn't last long: When you've seen one Washington Monument fall to bits, you've seen them all.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 12, 2009
People talk about "formula" almost always as a pejorative, but formulas get to be formulas because they work, and there's something to be said for a formula picture done almost to perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 12, 2009
Films of this sort are plotted shish kebab style: disaster, change of scenery, new disaster. But on the level of spectacle, 2012 is top-notch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
November 12, 2009
Hollywood's most successful one-trick pony, Emmerich claims to favor "human stories" over end-of-the-world spectacle, but watching 2012 is like watching a sausage machine explode.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 12, 2009
I found myself reaching for a phantom video-game controller to help Our Heroes and Heroine defy certain death.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 12, 2009
Actors say silly lines with deadly seriousness. Exposition is wielded like a sledgehammer. All you can do is grit your teeth and wait for the next wave of destruction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 12, 2009
A state-of-the-art multiplex three-ring circus whose special effects stagger the senses and play like a video game, whose human drama aims for the cosmic and lands waist-deep in the Big Silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 12, 2009
Any sentient viewer will be able to predict every lumpy twist of this ludicrous, fitfully enjoyable movie.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
November 12, 2009
(Many) will decry "2012" as a plotless, illogical, clichéd, demented popcorn flick (because it is), but this is that rare case where the apocalypse, at least in terms of big-budget blown-up spectacle movie-making, is hardly the end of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
November 12, 2009
Sets a goal and slamdunks it, squeezing in so much fun that by the credits, I'd forgotten about Woody Harrelson's turn as a pickle-chomping AM radio meteorological messiah.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 12, 2009
Independence Day began a game of landmark-destroying one-upmanship. Here, Emmerich takes the competition global, but the soundtrack's organ-rattling low-end makes a deeper impact than the film's visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
November 12, 2009
Perhaps writer-director Roland Emmerich was hoping for a so-bad-it's-good cult status with his latest disaster flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 12, 2009
I quite enjoyed the experience, at least the first five or six hours of it. 2012 is not simply the last disaster movie you ever need to see. It's the last movie you ever need to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 12, 2009
There are times when 2012 feels as if it is not going to end until 2012...
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 12, 2009
This is fun. 2012 delivers what it promises, and since no sentient being will buy a ticket expecting anything else, it will be, for its audiences, one of the most satisfactory films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 12, 2009
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel...like I have a headache.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 11, 2009
Guilty pleasures don't come guiltier than 2012.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
November 11, 2009
For too much of the 2 1/2-hour 2012, the end is not near.
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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
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
November 10, 2009
The two-hour-and-40-minute 2012 is overstuffed with special-effects, but the Curtis clan's mad dash out of town is the closest the movie gets to actually being fun.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
November 10, 2009
Eye-popping special effects ensure that this movie will be a smash hit, and while it's entertaining for most of its excessive running time, the cheesy script fails to live up to the grandeur of the physical production.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
November 10, 2009
On any level other than as sheer visual sensation, 2012 is a joke, for the simple reason that it has no point of view.