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12 Reviews

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
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.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
July 6, 2010
12 is a mildly interesting exercise in cultural translation, but it's difficult to understand why the film was made.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 3, 2010
I've sampled this core material twice now, and even left to my own devices, I'm still a hung jury.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Though long-winded and repetitive, there's much to like in Nikita Mikhalkov's movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 24, 2009
A surprisingly energetic, kinetic and gripping film, filled with an enviable selection of great character actors.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
July 21, 2009
Unlike Lumet, Mikhalkov doesn't seem to trust 12 angry (or disturbed) men in a room to pull this off.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Shawn Levy
May 22, 2009
The performances, as I say, are wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 15, 2009
Slavic gloom and Russian dukh - a word that can be loosely translated as "cunning spirit" - permeate ...
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sarah Boslaugh
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 ...
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Dan Zak
Washington Post
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.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 30, 2009
Much of it is done so clumsily that the characters verge on becoming caricatures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 30, 2009
Those who seek a drama as provocative as it is captivating will find much to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Never known for his restraint, Mikhalkov takes kitschy liberties with the stark drama about a jury deliberating the fate of a minority youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 20, 2009
After 159 minutes of unlikely if beautifully acted behavior, moviegoers may feel sequestered themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 16, 2009
...at least an hour too long and undermined by its own talkativeness...
| Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 15, 2009
Mikhalkov is probably a little too successful at re-creating the feeling of being trapped at a seemingly never-ending meeting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 10, 2009
Full of passion and speechifying, 12 is unmistakably Russian in spirit and sensibility, but its themes are universal at their core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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