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Twelve and Holding (12 and Holding)
A trio of troubled suburbanites attempts to come to grips with the personal issues that surface following the tragic death of one of their own in this introspective adolescent drama from L.I.E. screenwriter/director (Michael Cuesta). In the months following the death of Jacob's (Conor Donovan) likeable, athletic twin brother, Rudy (also Donovan), Jacob and friends Malee (Zoe Weizenbaum) and Leonard (Jesse Camacho) struggle to make sense of the unfortunate youth's fiery demise at the hands of local bullies. As Jacob quickly loses himself to revenge fantasies and sets into motion a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"... a film that never quite equals the sum of its many intriguing parts."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Flawed but compassionate study of kids struggling with grown-up issues without much adult supervison."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"One of the most exceptional, down to Earth portrayals of childhood and adolescence in the face of tragedy I've ever seen..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The kids help get the film past its messy, low-budget look, aided by a strong ensemble of familiar adult faces."
‑ Sam Toy, Empire Magazine
"With his modestly impressive young actors and moody lens, Cuesta finds the normal in the extreme."
‑ Chris Barsanti,
"The film careens from crisis to crisis. Yet each time it threatens to spin out of control, [director Michael] Cuesta demonstrates a firm hand that keeps us leaning in with interest."
‑ Hap Erstein, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The stories coexist without intersecting, and the film would benefit from a stronger narrative spine, but bringing together three such gifted young actors in a single film is a minor miracle."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"...generally succeeds in spite of its various deficiencies."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It doesn't sound like a barrel of laughs, but [director Michael] Cuesta finds wry humour in tragic situations while at the same time thickening the air with quiet foreboding."
‑ Stella Papamichael,
"A refracted glimpse of American suburbia through the eyes of three pre-teens grappling with grief, reprisal and loneliness, the film boasts some great adolescent performances but can't overcome a rigidly partitioned structure and tonal inconsistency."
‑ Brent Simon, Now Playing Magazine
"Raw and unpredictable. It's also compelling."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Cuesta entices extraordinary performances out of his young actors."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"[An] intelligent and edgy story that allows believable characters and their interpersonal dynamics to come alive as sinister undercurrents ripple below."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"One of the films of the year. Unmissable."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A gripping drama examining the pains and frustrations--and also the hidden strengths--of youth."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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