Ocean's Twelve


Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 39
  2. Negative: 5 out of 39

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  1. Soderbergh seems to have found his vision again. It'll be a great day when he returns to writing his own material, but until then, this is none too shabby.
  2. 80
    For sheer urbane elegance coupled with technical mastery and lush, old-fashioned élan, no one working for the studios today comes close to the versatile Soderbergh.
  3. 78
    Let’s be honest: With a cast like this, it doesn't matter too much what the characters are doing onscreen, or if it makes about as much sense as a monochrome rainbow.
  4. As soon as it's over, and you find yourself back in the harsh light of the workaday world, you'll be hard-pressed to remember what happened. Except that you'll remember enjoying yourself - immensely.
  5. Isn't just a double whammy, it's a whammy squared - a goofy, stylish heist movie that'll steal moviegoers from other pictures.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    At the rate things are going, all of Hollywood will put in about a day's work on "Ocean's Seventeen."
  7. This loose, slightly lazy sequel is both funnier than the original and more bizarre.
  8. 75
    The movie is all about behavior, dialogue, star power and wiseass in-jokes. I really sort of liked it.
  9. 75
    Forget the plot of Ocean's Twelve - you will by the time you leave the theater, if not sooner. This slickly entertaining sequel is all about savoring eye candy.
  10. Whatever substance there is of Ocean's Twelve fades faster than invisible ink. But it's not the kind of movie you watch for plot details. It's really about spending two hours on that Lake Como speedboat, relaxing with pals.
  11. 75
    The film Soderbergh's made is about promiscuous stargazing. And you don't need a brain for that, just two eyes and a mammoth appetite for heavenly bodies.
  12. 75
    Enjoyable, and will likely appeal to anyone who appreciated the 2001 film.
  13. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Soderberg provides a cornucopia of fizzy, post–New Wave imagery, fitting for a picture that’s pretty much all about surfaces.
  14. Enjoyable, unabashedly trivial caper flick.
  15. In this sprawling oglefest, such things as "narrative" and "story" are remote little abstractions indeed.
  16. 70
    This film's twelve times better than anything else on offer at the moment.
  17. 70
    A light, smartly turned-out amusement, the sort of thing that's becoming more and more rare on the movie landscape these days.
  18. 70
    What it retains is a playful sense of style, that combines with an anything-goes spirit.
  19. So fizzy it nearly fizzles out.
  20. 70
    Funnier and sprightlier than Eleven, which exhibited a genial self-consciousness but never thought to challenge the genre textbook, Twelve is committed to not taking itself seriously.
  21. Stephen Mirrione's fast-paced editing and David Holmes' pop-rock score propel the story ever forward whether one follows the twists or not.
  22. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    This smooth inside job benefits from heightened bonhomie among the players, fab Euro locations and a diminished obligation to stick to the heist genre boilerplate.
  23. As a caper movie, it's a travesty that's impossible to understand or follow, but it's quite funny and clicks along nicely as a giddy, self-deprecating showcase for its gaggle of stars.
  24. Is it style over substance? Absolutely. But as with "Ocean's Eleven," style wins -- only just barely this time around.
  25. 63
    Even frothier and more frivolous than the first movie: It's a heist picture so laid-back and unconcerned, even the heist feels like an afterthought.
  26. Likable as it is, suffers from that modern big-movie vice: overkill.
  27. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    Compared to its ultra-slick predecessor, it's a bit of a mess. But it maintains a breezy sense of fun and certainly looks as cool as its minus-one equivalent.
  28. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Busier, messier and thinner than its predecessor...the studied hipness can get so pleased with itself it borders on the smug.
  29. Isn't good and isn't bad, it just isn't. A lethargic would-be entertainment as well as a dispiriting vanity project, it is such a misfire that it makes it hard to remember what was special about its predecessor.
  30. 50
    All I got was this lousy movie. OK, it's not that bad, though in contrast to "Ocean's Eleven," which gave its megastars a neat little heist story, this sequel is both contrived and convoluted.
  31. Ocean's Twelve lacks the courage of its star-driven convictions. Next time, Steven and George and Brad and Matt should ditch the hypocrisy and just shoot themselves shooting the breeze, poking fun at each other from within the smug sanctuary of their precious celebrity.
  32. The fact that the movie has to entertain with digressions is an indication of more than looseness, but rather a shoddiness...Nothing connected with the job is of any interest at all.
  33. 50
    Clooney and company work it too hard this time. You can tell they're huffing and puffing to stay afloat. But all I hear is: glug glug glug.
  34. This lackluster sequel was surely much more fun to make than it is to watch.
  35. 38
    You don't want to look at anything else when Zeta-Jones is on-screen.
  36. What's on screen is lazy, second-rate, phoned-in -- a heist in which it's the audience whose pockets have been picked.
  37. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    These people -- the filmmakers as well as the cast -- have brought a rare sense of camaraderie to their work. Unfortunately, they forgot to bring a script. They even forgot, in the midst of their joyous self-involvement, to take good pictures of the places they visited.
  38. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    George Clooney is all by himself among living leading men in making smarm pass triumphantly for charm. But the movie lacks momentum, clarity, a decent payoff, and a location with the personality of Vegas.
  39. About halfway through you'll get an incredible hunger to see a movie.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 309 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 107
  2. Negative: 47 out of 107
  1. Sep 7, 2011
    The story has become overly complex followed by trivial humor that was not necessary. Makes me remind myself if the director was the same guyThe story has become overly complex followed by trivial humor that was not necessary. Makes me remind myself if the director was the same guy that made 'Sex, Lies, and Videotape' and 'Traffic'. Full Review »
  2. Aug 16, 2010
    Until the last 15 minutes or so, "Ocean's Twelve" is pretty damn perfect. It has insane amounts of style and swagger and does things inUntil the last 15 minutes or so, "Ocean's Twelve" is pretty damn perfect. It has insane amounts of style and swagger and does things in unusually quirky but fascinating ways. The locations are gorgeous and the dialogue is hilarious and the jokes are really funny if you pay attention to what the actors are trying to do. But the ending...there are MIT graduates who probably got confused by what had just happened. It's rather poorly done and leaves a bitter taste in one's mouth, because they feel like their intelligence was just demoralized. Still a good movie however, especially if you were a fan of the first. Full Review »
  3. Sep 12, 2010
    This movie has a interesting plot but it's very difficult to understand if you watch it for the first time. It definitely helps to watchThis movie has a interesting plot but it's very difficult to understand if you watch it for the first time. It definitely helps to watch Ocean's Eleven first.
    The actors are succesful in bringing you the characters closer.
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