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When a Russian youth is put on trial for the murder of his adoptive father, it's up to a room full of jurors divided by racism and prejudice to determine the boy's ultimate fate in director Nikita Mikhalkov's loose remake of Reginald Rose's 12 Angry Men. At the center of the storm is a broodingly silent foreman (Mikhalkov). As the deliberation grows increasingly tense, a racist Russian cabbie (Sergei Garmash) attempts to sway the vote of a well-dressed television producer (Yuri Stoyanov) by staging a vivid recreation of a gruesome murder scene; an elderly Jewish man (Valentin… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film transforms Rose's play into a ballet of sorts. The story is as much about movement as it is about words."
‑ Dan Zak, Washington Post
"Full of passion and speechifying, 12 is unmistakably Russian in spirit and sensibility, but its themes are universal at their core."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"12 is a mildly interesting exercise in cultural translation, but it's difficult to understand why the film was made."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Though long-winded and repetitive, there's much to like in Nikita Mikhalkov's movie."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"The performances, as I say, are wonderful."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"Those who seek a drama as provocative as it is captivating will find much to enjoy."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The heated deliberations are a gripping analogy for Russia's turbulent mix of ethnic divisions, corruption, Western influences and idealism."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"I've sampled this core material twice now, and even left to my own devices, I'm still a hung jury."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"A surprisingly energetic, kinetic and gripping film, filled with an enviable selection of great character actors."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Slavic gloom and Russian dukh - a word that can be loosely translated as "cunning spirit" - permeate ..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"A fascinating, stylish commentary on Russian justice and the universality of prejudice set in that great crucible for great drama in the jury room."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Overwrought, overlong yet mesmerizing."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"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."
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"Unlike Lumet, Mikhalkov doesn't seem to trust 12 angry (or disturbed) men in a room to pull this off."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"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."
‑ Keith Cohen, Entertainment Spectrum
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