12 Reviews

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November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
May 1, 2009
The film transforms Rose's play into a ballet of sorts. The story is as much about movement as it is about words.
April 30, 2009
Those who seek a drama as provocative as it is captivating will find much to enjoy.
April 22, 2009
A fascinating, stylish commentary on Russian justice and the universality of prejudice set in that great crucible for great drama in the jury room.
April 10, 2009
Full of passion and speechifying, 12 is unmistakably Russian in spirit and sensibility, but its themes are universal at their core.
August 8, 2018
Mighty performances keep the film engrossing even as the movie's runtime crosses the 2 1/2-hour mark.
October 20, 2014
Old soul Nikita Mikhalkov's appropriation of the 12 Angry Men template is a bloated series of harangues that feels too long even before its full 154 minutes have shuffled by.
July 6, 2010
12 is a mildly interesting exercise in cultural translation, but it's difficult to understand why the film was made.
January 3, 2010
I've sampled this core material twice now, and even left to my own devices, I'm still a hung jury.
September 18, 2009
2 1/2 hours of Russian men, middle-aged and up, stuck in one room, pontificating and pleading and challenging. Yes, that means subtitles, lots of them. Still with me? Congratulations.
August 30, 2009
Though long-winded and repetitive, there's much to like in Nikita Mikhalkov's movie.
July 24, 2009
A surprisingly energetic, kinetic and gripping film, filled with an enviable selection of great character actors.
July 21, 2009
An interesting remake of a film that departed from the original nearly as often as it stayed the course.
July 21, 2009
Unlike Lumet, Mikhalkov doesn't seem to trust 12 angry (or disturbed) men in a room to pull this off.
May 22, 2009
The performances, as I say, are wonderful.
May 15, 2009
Slavic gloom and Russian dukh - a word that can be loosely translated as "cunning spirit" - permeate ...
May 1, 2009
There is a lot of material to absorb in one sitting with no breathing room as you must rapidly read the subtitles to keep up with the story.
May 1, 2009
Shot in sequence and featuring many long takes, it retains some of the feel of the television original despite the broadening of context ...
April 30, 2009
Much of it is done so clumsily that the characters verge on becoming caricatures.
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