12 (2007)

This is the story of 12 jurors discussing a verdict to pass on an 18-year-old Chechen boy--whether he is guilty of the first-degree murder of his step-father, an officer of the Russian army. The film thinks aloud about today's life,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 7, 2007
DVD Release Date: July 14, 2009
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Loosely based on 1957's 12 Angry Men, Nikita Mikhalkov's superbly acted 12 is clever and gripping like its predecessor, but with a distinctly Russian feel.

Dan Zak
Washington Post

The film transforms Rose's play into a ballet of sorts. The story is as much about movement as it is about words.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Full of passion and speechifying, 12 is unmistakably Russian in spirit and sensibility, but its themes are universal at their core.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

Old soul Nikita Mikhalkov's appropriation of the 12 Angry Men template is a bloated series of harangues that feels too long even before its full 154 minutes have shuffled by.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Those who seek a drama as provocative as it is captivating will find much to enjoy.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The heated deliberations are a gripping analogy for Russia's turbulent mix of ethnic divisions, corruption, Western influences and idealism.

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Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

12 is a mildly interesting exercise in cultural translation, but it's difficult to understand why the film was made.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A fascinating, stylish commentary on Russian justice and the universality of prejudice set in that great crucible for great drama in the jury room.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

Overwrought, overlong yet mesmerizing.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

I've sampled this core material twice now, and even left to my own devices, I'm still a hung jury.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
Director Nikita Mikhalkov doesn't just remake <i>Twelve Angry Men</i>, he takes it on. He tackles it. He puts it in a headlock and makes it… More
Jesse Ortega
Fuck this movie is really long, and I suppose it makes sense for it to be as long as it was, considering that I think it was trying to show what jurors really… More
Arash Xak
Never liked 12 Angry Men that much it was at least a deent flick this one is just another awful remake & what's with that ridiculous ending
Lizzy Bennett
A Russian remake of 12 Angry Men, it is emotionally enthralling and heart-wrenching almost more so than the original. I felt every actor in this film presented… More
Cameron Johnson
Look out, Yefim Shubentsov, you drug addiction-fighting Ruskie, because now we've got "12 Mad Russians" to handle people's problems. Boy,… More