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12 Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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
April 2, 2009
The heated deliberations are a gripping analogy for Russia's turbulent mix of ethnic divisions, corruption, Western influences and idealism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 27, 2009
Overwrought, overlong yet mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 27, 2009
The tradition of Russian stage acting enriches this satisfying update of Reginald Rose's TV play Twelve Angry Men.
March 26, 2009
Casting himself as the considerate jury foreman, Mikhalkov turns directorial confinement into a master-class of composition, performance and especially editing, as 12 crackles along for 2- 1/2 hours that grab and hold your attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 26, 2009
A powerful new film inspired by a powerful older one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 20, 2009
After weathering the characters' windbaggery for nearly three hours, it's hard not to feel like Mikhalkov's done the same to viewers of 12.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 20, 2009
In the end the film is too much of a piece with its topic, intensely fascinating yet seriously flawed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 19, 2009
What keeps the film vital is the acting.
March 16, 2009
It's all bit wearying, especially at close to three hours. I haven't heard this much shouting in a movie since the first hour of Full Metal Jacket.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 13, 2009
Forget it if you're hoping for some of the pleasures found in Sidney Lumet's 1957 film -- the gradual unraveling of a crime, the heroics of a single juror who persuades his fellow citizens to listen to reason.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 12, 2009
The film's a haul but it's imaginative and rarely dull, especially once you realize how far it has strayed in principle from its source.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 5, 2009
The stories the jurors tell, of course, are different ... filled with arguments that reference local tensions and situations possessing a distinctly Chekhovian flavor.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
March 5, 2009
Rarely has the voyeuristic appeal of sitting on a jury been so cleverly expressed.
Read More | Original Score: B-
March 5, 2009
A loose remake that's not only as Russian as vodka but also a grippingly entertaining actors' showcase.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 4, 2009
In 12, the elements of the modest courtroom classic 12 Angry Men have been enlarged to operatic dimensions.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 4, 2009
It's bloated, heavy-handed, and lugubrious.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 3, 2009
Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2008, Russian actor/director Nikita Mikhalkov's masterful, engrossing 12 is finally finding its way into theaters.
February 25, 2009
It is well worth seeing if only for the insights into contemporary Russian society. The acting of all 12 jurors is exemplary, in both versions.
October 18, 2008
Expansively, dramatically, magnificently Russian, Nikita Mikhalkov's loose remake of 12 Angry Men plays like vintage jazz from a veteran band.