The Academy Awards: 84th Oscars (2012)


84th Oscars
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Critics Consensus

Despite Billy Crystal's strong hosting reputation, the 84th Oscars flounders under flat jokes and lifeless producing.



Critic Ratings: 12

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Feb 26, 2012

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Critic Reviews for The Academy Awards 84th Oscars

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (9)

It's no surprise that this year's Oscars show focused hard on reminding viewers that movies are still magical.

Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…

In the end, this was a serviceable outing, not a great one. I had predicted that Billy would have a triumphant return last night, and I was wrong.

Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Fitting doesn't always translate into exciting television.

Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Streep's win is pretty major, and Crystal's last hurrah is notable, but this year's Oscars feel more memorable for what didn't happen (Ratner, Murphy, a more interesting Best Picture winner) than what did.

Feb 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Past movie and Oscar glory couldn't disguise a lifeless show featuring a bunch of pre-ordained winners and Crystal looking repeatedly surprised that his jokes were dying.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Any number of people could have done a livelier job than Billy Crystal last night.

Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Sunday's event tried to return to tradition, but it didn't do itself any favors by starting with some of the least interesting awards.

Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…

This year's Oscar telecast was a comforting affair, starting with host Billy Crystal. By now, Crystal has achieved that status of being as reassuring as he is funny.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Billy Crystal, hosting his ninth Oscar show... seemed to be overseeing a cruise ship dinner show designed to appeal to the over-50 travel club. Early on, it hit the rocks and started to list. Almost everyone drowned.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite Sacha Baron Cohen's best efforts, it was not the most exciting Oscars show.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Academy Awards: 84th Oscars

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