12 It's fascinating, in theory, to take the premise of 12 Angry Men — a lone juror believes a murder defendant is innocent, then tries to… 12 It's fascinating, in theory, to take the premise of 12 Angry Men — a lone juror believes a murder defendant is innocent, then tries to… 2009-03-04 PG-13 PT159M Drama Mystery and Thriller Sergei Makovetsky Aleksei Petrenko Sergey Garmash Yuriy Stoyanov Sony Pictures Classics
Movie Review

12 (2009)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
12 | Numerology: 12
Image credit: Milena Botova
Numerology: 12
EW's GRADE
C

Details Limited Release: Mar 04, 2009; Rated: PG-13; Length: 159 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Sergei Makovetsky and Aleksei Petrenko; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

It's fascinating, in theory, to take the premise of 12 Angry Men— a lone juror believes a murder 
 defendant is innocent, then tries to sway his fellow jurors — and transplant it to Moscow. Yet 
Nikita Mikhalkov's movie 12, an Oscar nominee last year, has none of the crisp passion or suspense of the 1957 Sidney Lumet version; it's bloated, heavy-handed, and lugubrious. Each juror, with a misery so blustery it becomes deadeningly repetitious, acts out his own nationalistic struggle as they all weigh the fate of a young Chechen accused of killing his adoptive Russian father. C

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Originally posted Mar 04, 2009 Published in issue #1038 Mar 13, 2009 Order article reprints
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