Twelve and Holding
Twelve and Holding (2006)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 1, 2006
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This shocking pre-teen drama manages, through realistic performances and a sense of empathy, to avoid exploitation and instead deliver something honest and haunting.

David Jenkins
Time Out

... a film that never quite equals the sum of its many intriguing parts.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Flawed but compassionate study of kids struggling with grown-up issues without much adult supervison.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

One of the most exceptional, down to Earth portrayals of childhood and adolescence in the face of tragedy I've ever seen...

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Hap Erstein
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...generally succeeds in spite of its various deficiencies.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Raw and unpredictable. It's also compelling.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

Cuesta entices extraordinary performances out of his young actors.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

[An] intelligent and edgy story that allows believable characters and their interpersonal dynamics to come alive as sinister undercurrents ripple below.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Great Indie drama. Very heartfelt, feel good kind of movie.
Lady D'arbanville
?Stand by me for the next generation? is how this film has been described and I would say that that is a pretty accurate statement. Quite an insight into the… More
Melvin White
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Bannan instant enigma- just add water
This movie really surprised me, I'm not sure whether it was the way the younger kids interacted with each other...or the language which they used so… More
familiar stranger
Quiet different and unique, at least compared to most of what I've seen in the past 5 years. If only the ending had been better than what it is, I might… More
Arash Xak
Not as great as Stand By Me or Mean Creek but still a good movie with a few unsettling scenes