Ocean's Twelve (2004)

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Critic Consensus: While some have found the latest star-studded heist flick to be a fun, glossy star vehicle, others declare it's lazy, self-satisfied and illogical.

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After pulling off the heist of their lives, Danny Ocean and his pals unexpectedly find themselves back in harness in this sequel to 2001's blockbuster hit Ocean's Eleven. After robbing a cool $160 million from the Bellaggio Hotel Casino and winning back his former wife, Tess (Julia Roberts), from Bellagio owner Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is living quietly on the lam in Connecticut when he's unexpectedly approached by Benedict. It seems Benedict has tracked down Danny and the ten men who helped him pull off the seemingly impossible robbery, and Benedict offers them a proposal -- if they can repay the $160 million in two weeks, he won't have them killed. As it turns out, both Danny and his best friend, Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt), haven't been doing so well in terms of money management and could use some cash, so they set out to plan a robbery to recover the loot, with the same crew helping out -- Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon), Frank Catton (Bernie Mac), Basher Tarr (Don Cheadle), Saul Bloom (Carl Reiner), Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould), Livingston Dell (Eddie Jemison), Yen (Shaobo Qin), Virgil Malloy (Casey Affleck), and his brother Turk (Scott Caan). Danny and Rusty discover that an incredibly rare Fabergé egg is being displayed at a museum in Rome which would fetch the price they need, but they soon discover a notorious cat burglar, François Toulour (Vincent Cassel), is also after the egg, and it turns into a race to see who can claim it first. Adding to the intrigue is Isabel Lahiri (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a woman Rusty used to be involved with who is now a top agent with Interpol and is after both Toulour and Ocean's crew. Shot on location in both the United States and Europe, Ocean's Twelve was, like its precursor, directed by the stylish Steven Soderbergh, who also photographed the picture under his nom de lens, Peter Andrews. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

George Clooney
as Danny Ocean
Brad Pitt
as Rusty Ryan
Matt Damon
as Linus Caldwell
Bernie Mac
as Frank Catton
Don Cheadle
as Basher Tarr
Catherine Zeta-Jones
as Isabel Lahiri
Julia Roberts
as Tess Ocean
Andy Garcia
as Terry Benedict
Casey Affleck
as Virgil Malloy
Scott Caan
as Turk Malloy
Elliott Gould
as Reuben Tishkoff
Edward Jemison
as Livingston Dell
Carl Reiner
as Saul Bloom
Vincent Cassel
as François Toulour
Jeroen Krabbé
as Van der Woude
Eddie Izzard
as Roman Nagel
Cherry Jones
as "Molly Star"/Mrs. Caldwell
Eddie Jemison
as Livingston Dell
David Sontag
as Plainclothes Goon #1
Larry Sontag
as Plainclothes Goon #2
Jared Harris
as Basher's Engineer
Martina Stella
as Nagel's Assistant
Ed Kross
as Bank Officer
Don Tiffany
as House Painter
Dina Connolly
as Virgil's Fiancée
Nelson Peltz
as Partygoer
Mini Anden
as Supermodel
Jennifer Liu
as Mani-pedi Woman #1
Leah Zhang
as Mani-Pedi Woman #2
Craig Susser
as Men's Club Waiter
James M. Schneider
as Club Heckler
Nerissa Tedesco
as Palm Reader
Nichelle Hines
as Assistant Manager
Michael VanDerHeijden
as Funeral Priest
Chris Tates
as Paul's Partner
Michael Delano
as Casino Manager
David Lindsay
as Arsenal Bus Driver
Candice Azzara
as Saul's Lady
Youma Diakite
as Toulour Woman #1
Andrea Buhl
as Toulour Woman #2
Sylvia Kwon
as Toulour Woman #3
Francesca Lancini
as Toulour Woman #4
Raquel Faria
as Toulour Woman #5
Elena Potapova
as Toulour Woman #6
Jessie Bell
as Toulour Woman #7
Anne-Solenne Hatte
as Toulour Woman #8
Denny Mendez
as Toulour Woman #9
Jerry Weintraub
as American Businessman
Mattia Sbragia
as Commissario Giordano
Carlo Antonazzo
as Security Advisor
Mingming Gao
as Chinese Mother
Amelie Kahn-Ackermann
as Chinese Daughter
Luciano Miele
as Hotel Manager
Antonio DeMatteo
as Hotel Employee
Ana Caterina Morariu
as Bruce Willis' Companion
Adriano Giannini
as Museum Director
Giulio Magnolia
as Photographer
Dennis DiAngelo
as Photographer's Assistant
Giselda Volodi
as Toulour's Butler
Mathieu Simonet
as Backpack Kid
Karl A. Brown
as Train Security #1
Marc Bodnar
as Train Security #2
Albert Finney
as Gaspar La Marque
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Critic Reviews for Ocean's Twelve

All Critics (183) | Top Critics (42)

Ocean's Twelve is busier, messier and thinner than its predecessor, and while it looks like the cast is having a blast and a half, the studied hipness can get so pleased with itself it borders on the smug.

Mar 13, 2018 | Full Review…
Newsweek
Top Critic

Hits a new low in condescending facetiousness, with no fewer than 15 performers of varying talents, tongues firmly in cheeks, undercutting all the genre's action conventions while camping up a storm on two continents.

Jan 27, 2005 | Full Review…
Observer
Top Critic

It does the hard work of being a light, smartly turned-out amusement, the sort of thing that's becoming more and more rare on the movie landscape these days.

Dec 11, 2004

May be one of the most glamorous, goofy and heartfelt films about failure ever made.

Dec 11, 2004 | Full Review…

Some of the bits are hysterical, but others fall flat.

Dec 11, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

In this sprawling oglefest, such things as 'narrative' and 'story' are remote little abstractions indeed.

Dec 10, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ocean's Twelve

Ocean's Twelve makes a fair attempt in developing some complexity in its story, even though the shaky direction and unnecessary plot points will make you think otherwise. Clooney, Pitt, Damon, Roberts, new addition Zeta-Jones and cast continue with their shtick but not enough to hide the blemishes that weigh down the film. 3/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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½

Bringing back this star studded cast for one more round may seem like a good idea before the writing stages of this film began, but honestly, it just retreads everything that happened during the first film, while trying too hard to top the dialogue and clever plot points. In the end, this film kind of falls flat on it's face, because everything just falls into place far too easily. Everything falls apart in the beginning when Terry Benedict, whom they robbed in the first film wants his money back, for no reason, because he clearly states that his insurance already paid it back to him. They find a way to get the money back, which seems too easy, and obviously it is, because they can't accomplish it. This film has no idea whether it wants to be believable or not. Halfway through I started getting bored and I really didn't care if these guys got placed in jail or succeeded. "Ocean's Twelve" had too much going for it, for what it actually is.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Fans of the first film are bound to find something in this movie. It has its flaws including a lack of logic and a flimsy plot. But I enjoyed it because of the likable cast and decent one liners.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

½

Nay sayers don't dislike the actual movie which is in many ways was just as stylish, hilarious and directed as the first but they seem to be infuriated at the self indulgent nature of the whole ordeal. Which makes me scratch my head, who gives a shit? What is this, some sort of political emotional debate on the principals of franchises in film making? Get out. Oceans Twelve is an incredibly, fun, working sequel but it's important to stress that it's not so much an elaborate heist film as it is a mosaic of comedic character driven epilogues. As smug as it is loosely strung together at times it all eventually comes together and I have to give Nolfi credit for not creating another formulaic heist film about bringing a team together to do "one big job", rather, bringing in this larger than life "Nightfox" character and Europol love interest Lahiri to really shake things up giving the entire plot a sort of unpremeditated fluidity. I can see how it's lazy, as the audience is finally clued into the events that took place between gaps without so much as a hint that they took place and in the end, these big reveals just feel cheap. It's hardly perfect but entertaining as hell. The only thing I don't get is how did Matt Damon's character have no idea what was going on when he was shown pulling the egg from the train?

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

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