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12 Angry Men

United States
Drama. Mystery | Courtroom Drama
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
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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
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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
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Roger Ebert
"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
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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
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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
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William Thomas
"Startlingly moving and powerful for a one-room, wordy drama... (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
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Glenn Heath Jr.
"Aesthetically, '12 Angry Men' is a master class in refurbished cinematic space (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
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Marc Lee
"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
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James Berardinelli
"It has aged well. The issues addressed are as relevant today as they were in 1957 (…) Rating: ★★★½ (out of 4)"  POS
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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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