12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)
12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) (1957)

A Puerto Rican youth is on trial for murder, accused of knifing his father to death. The twelve jurors retire to the jury room, having been admonished that the defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Eleven of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 13, 1957
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Consensus: Sidney Lumet's feature debut is a superbly written, dramatically effective courtroom thriller that rightfully stands as a modern classic.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Too few films take on the art of arguing as a subject; we could certainly use more of them, but until then, Lumet's window into strained civic duty will continue to serve mightily.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A strangely realistic thriller.

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Christopher Machell

In the 60 years since its release, Sidney Lumet's masterpiece has lost none of its impact. In this age of unreason, 12 Angry Men remains sorely and urgently contemporary.

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Variety Staff

The film leaves a tremendous impact.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Although it may sound ungallant, these 12 Angry Men, are all right without distaff glamour. Their dramas are powerful and provocative enough to keep a viewer spellbound.

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David Keyes

With each new viewing I come away feelings as if I have peeled away another layer on the characters and their buried motives.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Mechanically written, but within its own middlebrow limitations, it delivers the goods.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is a film where tension comes from personality conflict, dialogue and body language, not action.

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Fernando F. Croce

Lumet in his first film records it as a meticulous laboratory experiment, a clammy orchestra

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Flixster Audience Score: 97% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An impressive achievement considering it was Lumet's first film, extremely well-written and superbly directed, with many elegant shots, fluid camera… More
Melvin White
Juror #8: It's always difficult to keep personal prejudice out of a thing like this. And wherever you run into it, prejudice always obscures the truth.… More
Kase Vollebregt
This classic is a scintillating courtroom drama with an excellent script and a brisk pace. It's all the more important considering it came just before the… More
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Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Exceptionally acted and written, 12 Angry Men is a smart, thrilling classic that keeps the viewer hanging on to every word.
Film Crazy
I stylish drama that you fail to appreciate these days. A rarity and a classic in its own right.