Metascore
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Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Nov 12, 2013
    80
    Even if the music leaves you cold, there’s plenty of captivating awkwardness here, like Paul McCartney listlessly watching the monitors in his dressing room, or producer Harvey Weinstein solving a tech issue by calling Google exec Eric Schmidt in the audience.
  2. Reviewed by: Diana Drumm
    Nov 17, 2013
    75
    Laced with familiar tunes and faces, 12-12-12 isn't revelatory, but it is a fun watch, paced well with a great soundtrack.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 15, 2013
    75
    Touching and unexpectedly funny moments (such as McCartney busting out the theme song from “The Monkees”) mingle with highlights from the show for an unusually compelling keepsake from what might well be the last time many of these ’60s rockers perform together.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Nov 12, 2013
    70
    What Amir Bar-Lev and Charlie Lightening’s documentary provides that hasn’t been previously available is an amusing portrait of the backstage goings-on.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Nov 14, 2013
    50
    12-12-12 is not really a concert movie so much as it is a densely compacted scrapbook of moments onstage and off.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Nov 14, 2013
    50
    Occasionally entertaining but rarely memorable, 12-12-12 never goes beyond the level of a really good bonus feature on a special-edition concert CD.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Nov 7, 2013
    50
    An impressive yet drama-less concoction that can’t totally disguise its slightly stale aftertaste.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Nov 14, 2013
    40
    Busy, but not exactly invigorating.
  9. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Nov 12, 2013
    40
    Despite some pleasant backstage-footage filler, however, 12-12-12 ultimately so truncates its artists' performances (each is given one song, and those are heavily edited) that the effect is like watching the original TV broadcast in fast-forward.

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