2012 Reviews

  • Like watching a Mexican soap opera with bad ass special effects.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • Cusack, with his one-of-the-guys face and his nice way with child actors, does creditable work as an Average American Dad trying to put things right.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Despite the frenetic action scenes, the movie sags, done in by multiple story lines that undercut one another and by the heaviness of its conceit.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • The movie is an undeniable visual spectacle, but just as unequivocally a cheesy, ridiculous story.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The crowning achievement in Emmerich's long, profitable career as a destroyer of worlds.

    Dan Kois — Washington Post

  • A state-of-the-art multiplex three-ring circus whose special effects stagger the senses and play like a video game, whose human drama aims for the cosmic and lands waist-deep in the Big Silly.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The two-hour-and-40-minute 2012 is overstuffed with special-effects, but the Curtis clan's mad dash out of town is the closest the movie gets to actually being fun.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • I could fairly describe the 2012 plot as follows: The highest-paid members of an indifferent cast survive the massive floods and giant fireballs that cause our planet's destruction.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • This oafish epic about the End of Days -- as predicted by the Mayan calendar -- operates in a dead zone roughly equidistant between parody and idiocy.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • If the viewer were ever invited to think or feel about what's happening on-screen, the movie's wow-whoa-ain't-it-cool momentum would collapse in a heap of horrific preposterousness.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • (Many) will decry "2012" as a plotless, illogical, cliched, demented popcorn flick (because it is), but this is that rare case where the apocalypse, at least in terms of big-budget blown-up spectacle movie-making, is hardly the end of the world.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • 2012 is so long, and its special effects are at once so outrageous and so thunderously predictable, that by the time I lurched from the theatre I felt that three years had actually passed and that the apocalypse was due any second.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • This is fun. 2012 delivers what it promises, and since no sentient being will buy a ticket expecting anything else, it will be, for its audiences, one of the most satisfactory films of the year.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • I quite enjoyed the experience, at least the first five or six hours of it. 2012 is not simply the last disaster movie you ever need to see. It's the last movie you ever need to see.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • As you might expect with director Roland Emmerich, the movie isn't a patch on the trailer.

    Cliff Doerksen — Chicago Reader

  • I found myself reaching for a phantom video-game controller to help Our Heroes and Heroine defy certain death.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Films of this sort are plotted shish kebab style: disaster, change of scenery, new disaster. But on the level of spectacle, 2012 is top-notch.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • This is fear-mongering, sentimental, horror show shtick, but it's also fairly competent, making 2012 a work of awful efficiency

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel...like I have a headache.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • 2012 is reminiscent of yesteryear '80s shlock-tastic blockbusters -- total popcorn entertainment with ridiculous dialogue and impossible situations and special effects that will boggle the brain for a good two-plus hours.

    Sara Vilkomerson — New York Observer

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