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12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) Reviews

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December 30, 2019
"12 Angry Men" puts the full range of human good and evil on display. It posits that, ultimately, the universe is benevolent, and our job, regarding each other, is to attempt with our best effort and greatest compassion to elucidate and clarify the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 14, 2019
One of Hollywood's more notable borrowings from television is this Reginald Rose drama about the soul-searchings of a murder-trial jury...
January 25, 2018
This movie is a masterpiece. That term gets thrown around a lot -- it's a very easy thing to say about great films like this -- but this movie is one of the best. This is one of the very few films that I will call perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
May 26, 2017
In the 60 years since its release, Sidney Lumet's masterpiece has lost none of its impact. In this age of unreason, 12 Angry Men remains sorely and urgently contemporary.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 24, 2016
With each new viewing I come away feelings as if I have peeled away another layer on the characters and their buried motives.
August 26, 2015
Lumet in his first film records it as a meticulous laboratory experiment, a clammy orchestra
February 16, 2015
...the film has aged surprisingly well in the years since its 1957 release.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 29, 2013
There is real value is how it allows each member of the cultural mosaic of a jury to develop into distinct, damaged, and interesting characters
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
July 3, 2013
Too few films take on the art of arguing as a subject; we could certainly use more of them, but until then, Lumet's window into strained civic duty will continue to serve mightily.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 30, 2013
The film takes a confined, almost completely banal real-world location and makes it completely dynamic, using incredibly nimble camera movements to establish character motivation and theme.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 12, 2012
The cast is incredible, the writing superb, and the film is unparalleled in its sheer excellence.
December 9, 2011
This was Sidney Lumet's first movie and it's as riveting as it was back in the late 50s, when everything was changing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 2, 2011
an incisive and gripping film
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 12, 2011
Lumet keeps things tense, sweaty, suspenseful and entertaining despite the contrived story line.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 2, 2011
Outstanding Henry Fonda jury classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 6, 2010
A brilliant courtroom drama whose strength lies within the power of Rose's words and Sidney Lumet's great direction (his debut).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 28, 2009
12 Angry Men has some shrewd observations to sell about argumentation and group behavior, but they're not the ones of which the film seems most proud.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 3, 2009
taut, well-crafted sociological study
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
April 24, 2009
Not much action, lots of words, great cinema.
June 30, 2008
The film leaves a tremendous impact.
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