Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    90
    Miklahkov keeps 12 tops spinning at all times in the school gymnasium that serves as their deliberation room, and though the speech/conversion pattern grows a little pat, the movement toward consensus raises the further, richly complicated question of how to decide not only what is right, but what is best.
  2. 89
    12 is every bit as much of a moral powerhouse as its predecessors but with the added bonus of being simultaneously intellectually riveting and, at times, almost indescribably poetic.
  3. 88
    Mikhalkov has made a new film with its own original characters and stories, and after all, it's not how the film ends, but how it gets there.
  4. 88
    The time passes quickly. This is the rare remake that does honor to the spirit of the original.
  5. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    85
    The title is shorter, but that's the only thing remotely diminished about 12, Nikita Mikhalkov's exuberantly Russian reworking of Reginald Rose's 1950s jury-room play, "12 Angry Men."
  6. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    80
    There is an unnerving and hopefully implausible twist at the end, but for the most part, Mikhalkov's 12 is magnetic.
  7. With its thunderous drama and larger-than-life characters, which lend it a brawling energy, 12 is never dull.
  8. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    80
    Expansively, dramatically, magnificently Russian, Nikita Mikhalkov's loose remake of "12 Angry Men" plays like vintage jazz from a veteran band.
  9. Reviewed by: Dan Zak
    80
    Mikhalkov's 12 breathes and floats.
  10. The tradition of Russian stage acting enriches this satisfying update of Reginald Rose's TV play "Twelve Angry Men."
  11. 67
    Mikhalkov plays the jury foreman, allowing himself a bit of business that eventually erases itself, amounting, effectively, to nothing. Alas, too much of this splashy film is just like that.
  12. 67
    Rarely has the voyeuristic appeal of sitting on a jury been so cleverly expressed.
  13. I haven't heard this much shouting in a movie since the first hour of "Full Metal Jacket."
  14. No matter how bad things get, you can always be thankful for this: You're not on trial for murder in Russia.
  15. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    The new film's not only almost double the length of the original, it's four times as ambitious - a sprawling, surrealist, ultimately disturbing portrait of a society lurching uncertainly toward democracy. What's really on trial in this movie? Just the Russian soul.
  16. Yes, Mikhalkov has set himself quite the agenda, but in the end the film is too much of a piece with its topic, intensely fascinating yet seriously flawed. The verdict? Guilty, with extenuating circumstances.
  17. Has none of the crisp passion or suspense of the 1957 Sidney Lumet version; it's bloated, heavy-handed, and lugubrious.

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