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Twelve Thirty Reviews

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 11, 2011
Lipsky tries to use dialogue to cover up weaknesses in other areas - such as why these people behave the way they do. Some of the movie is inviting, some of it off-putting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 12, 2011
It doesn't work but I doubt you'll regret seeing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 6, 2011
Reiners and Gummer have respective moments where their talents shine, but there's not enough here to keep any but the most masochistic even moderately interested.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 25, 2011
This sort of emotional-chaos-in-suburbia (it all takes place in Iowa) has been done well, of course, and at times it is here. But Lipsky's overly arch and tangential dialogue has too many curlicues, and everyone's emotions seem just this side of affected.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
February 18, 2011
For all the promising fodder, the talky, acrid "Twelve Thirty" feels soulless, an emotion-free zone that deals its darkness in a shockingly flip manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 3, 2011
It is a film that gradually draws the viewer into its thrall and builds to an unpredictable but effective climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jon Frosch
Hollywood Reporter
January 21, 2011
Wrongheaded, off-putting portrait of Midwestern family dysfunction.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 14, 2011
The paradox of aggressively pursuing intimacy and discovering the idiosyncratic chaos inside everyday people runs to the heart of Twelve Thirty.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 14, 2011
It wears out its welcome well before the two-hour mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
January 12, 2011
A film more satisfying in occasional isolated moments than as a coherent dramatic entity.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
January 12, 2011
Despite a few moments of surprising insight, Twelve Thirty comes off as more mechanistic than organic; it's composed rather than truly lived.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5