2012 (2009)

Disaster movie maven Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) crafts this apocalyptic sci-fi thriller following the prophecy stated by the ancient Mayan calendar, which says that the world will come to an end on December… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 13, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Roland Emmerich's 2012 provides plenty of visual thrills, but lacks a strong enough script to support its massive scope and inflated length.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Cusack, with his one-of-the-guys face and his nice way with child actors, does creditable work as an Average American Dad trying to put things right.

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A.O. Scott
At the Movies

Even though this movie's running time of two and a half hours is about one hour too long, there's still some pretty cool disaster stuff on the way.

David Keyes

...seriously, how often do we want to escape into worlds that are hell-bent on ravaging our sense of security with invading aliens and furious natural disasters?

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Laremy Legel

2012 is the rare case of a bad film that I'm nevertheless obliged to recommend you see.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

2012 is so long, and its special effects are at once so outrageous and so thunderously predictable, that by the time I lurched from the theatre I felt that three years had actually passed and that the apocalypse was due any second.

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Will Leitch

You cannot say, in the terms of the life and career that Emmerich has built for himself, this is not the apex of his work. The world blows up. The world blows up a lot. The world blows up fantastically. There are worst quests in life.

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Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer

2012 is reminiscent of yesteryear '80s shlock-tastic blockbusters -- total popcorn entertainment with ridiculous dialogue and impossible situations and special effects that will boggle the brain for a good two-plus hours.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

[Nothing] will give you more respect for how difficult it is to be an actor than watching top talent like John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet and Oliver Platt struggling to treat the film's ungodly language and situations with perfect seriousness.

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Ali Gray

Emmerich favours hoisting his camera high and dry to give audiences the best panoramic view, but it removes all tension from proceedings - you're always at a safe distance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
I loved every second of this over the top completely ridiculous movie. But than again I like end of the world flicks. A movie with a group of good actors and I… More
Eugene Bernabe
Visually breathtaking in every shape and form, indeed, but the film's lack of impact and delivery combined with the lengthy duration doesn't capture… More
Nikhil Nandu
I got bored incredibly fast. It has fascinating visual effects. And that is where it stops. There are serious issues of race and class struggle that start to… More
Joe McCall
at least michael bay tries.
Wildaly M
I suppose the general idea behind the film was noble, but why did they have to write such a crappy story for it. It's a given to say that the visual… More
Manu Gino
First, the Mayan calendar predicted it...Now, science has confirmed it...but we never imagined it could really happen. Saw it again and enjoy a few other… More