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12 Angry Men

8.7
64,797
Ratings
Year
1957
Country
United States
Director
Cast
Genre
Drama. Mystery | Courtroom Drama
Synopsis
Eleven jurors are convinced that the defendant is guilty of murder. The twelfth has no doubt of his innocence. How can this one man steer the others toward the same conclusion?
Author Review
United StatesUnited States M
A.H. Weiler
The New York Times
"Excellent film (...) a penetrating, sensitive and sometimes shocking dissection of the hearts and minds of men (...) It makes for taut, absorbing and compelling drama that reaches far beyond the close confines of its jury room setting".  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
"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 (...) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States Variety "The film leaves a tremendous impact"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Roger Ebert
rogerebert.com
"It is a masterpiece of stylized realism -- the style coming in the way the photography and editing comment on the bare bones of the content (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
"The treatment is tense, lucid, and admirably economical (...) What really transforms the piece from a rather talky demonstration that a man is innocent until proven guilty, is the consistently taut, sweltering atmosphere"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
"The film is pretty much saved, or nearly, by Lumet's tight direction and the capable performances (...) Mechanically written, but within its own middlebrow limitations, it delivers the goods."  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
William Thomas
Empire
"Startlingly moving and powerful for a one-room, wordy drama... (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant
"Aesthetically, '12 Angry Men' is a master class in refurbished cinematic space (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Marc Lee
Telegraph
"The genius of Sidney Lumet's astonishingly powerful '12 Angry Men' is that (...) he takes an already small, claustrophobic space - a jury room - and makes it even more confined."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
"It has aged well. The issues addressed are as relevant today as they were in 1957 (…) Rating: ★★★½ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Noel Murray
AV Club
"Rose's script builds in surprises, heated speeches, and artificial pauses for the sake of varying up the rhythm. Some of the bits of business (...) are well-observed examples of honest human behavior."  POS
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