“Brilliant Visual Effects, Weak Story And Boring Acting :(”
“Happy End Of The World Movieweb!”
“Flawed But Watchable!”
“NO What The Fuck Are You Doing”
“OH Please It's 2013 In Africa?!”
“Suspend Belief And Enjoy The Massive Scale Of Catastrophe And Devastation With Fantastic CGI Effects”
“A Film About A Disastrous Event Ends Up A Disaster Itself. What Are The Odds?”
“"An Action-packed Disaster Movie That Gives It All Its Got, With A Cheesy Ending, But A Hold Your Hands Up, You Got Me Hooked This Is Seriously A Fun Movie Reaction."”
“MUCH MORE ANTICPATING THAN NEW MOON!”
“"Best Disaster Movie Ever Made, How Can He Beat This In THe Future"”
“Cusack Perhaps Could Not Deliver The Emotional Fervor Because We Knew That The Next Scene Would Feature The Same Sort Of Idea.”
“Short Review Based On Rankings”
“Great Special Effects, Thats About It.”
“What A Disaster! *Spoiler Alert!*”
“It Will Seem Like 2012 By The Time You Finish Watching It...!”
“Who Knew The End Could Be So Bad”
“This Movie Is Really Great...And A Lot Better Than I Thought It Would Be.”
“Not That Bad Actually”
“Such A Good Movie!”
“Here We Go Again”
“2012 Proves To Be One Of Roland Emmerich's Best Films, Maybe Even His Best.”
“With As Same All Emerich "disaster" Movies He Used All Cliches So Rightly And After That Its Getting Bored Anymore. They Re Running Always In The Last Minute From The Disaster :)) There Is One Thing You Need To Watch This Movie... Woody Harrelson.”
“OMG!!!!! This Movie Rocked. ”
“When They Tell You Not To Panic... That's When You Run!”
“Movie Was Excellent And The Direction Was Awesome.the Concept Of The Movie Was Ultimate.i Love This Movie Very Much.when U R Watching This Movie U R Body Will Excite.”
“Way Better Than 10,000 B.C.”
“While Watching 2012 I Wished I Was One Of The People Dying To End My Suffering Of Watching The Worst Movie This Year, Move Over Transformers 2.”
“They Should've Destroyed The Kaaba At Mecca.”
“With Too Many Characters And A Running Time That Is Way Too Long, "2012" Is One Of The Worst Films Of The Year.”
“"When They Tell You Not To Panic... That's When You Run!"”
“Roland Emmerich's 2012 Takes Michael Bay's Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen And Beats It's Effects With A Whip!”
“2012 Proves To Be Roland Emmerich’s Best Film To Date. A Heaping Amount Of Bombast And Detail Has Gone Into This Cinematic Brown Note. It’s An Insane Ride That Just Keeps Going Well After The World Has Imploded Upon Itself. Bravo! ”
“Like Watching A Mexican Soap Opera With Bad Ass Special Effects.”
“If You've Seen One Building Fall, One Car Overturn, One Ship Sunk, You've Seen It All: Nor Does Dialogue Save The Day.”
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
On any level other than as sheer visual sensation, 2012 is a joke, for the simple reason that it has no point of view.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Only a movie critic without a sense of humor would question whether you could really drive a limo straight through a collapsing skyscraper...or whether the Dalai Lama really owns a pickup truck.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Are we meant to applaud when skyscrapers topple and ships capsize, with tiny digital faceless bodies plummeting into the void? You make the disaster this real and it's not entertaining or chilling.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Perhaps writer-director Roland Emmerich was hoping for a so-bad-it's-good cult status with his latest disaster flick.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
2012 is the rare case of a bad film that I'm nevertheless obliged to recommend you see.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
As always in Emmerich's rollicking Armageddons, the cannon speaks with an expensive bang, while the fodder gets afforded nary a whimper.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
The effects are expensive-looking and impressive enough while you're watching them, although whatever awe they inspire doesn't last long: When you've seen one Washington Monument fall to bits, you've seen them all.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
If, as is believed in certain fringe circles, the world will come to an end in 2012, at least there will be no more movies like this one made.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Eye-popping special effects ensure that this movie will be a smash hit, and while it's entertaining for most of its excessive running time, the cheesy script fails to live up to the grandeur of the physical production.
Stephen Farber - Hollywood Reporter
For too much of the 2 1/2-hour 2012, the end is not near.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
Any sentient viewer will be able to predict every lumpy twist of this ludicrous, fitfully enjoyable movie.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Beware 2012, which works the dubious miracle of almost matching Transformers 2 for sheer, cynical, mind-numbing, time-wasting, money-draining, soul-sucking stupidity.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
[Nothing] will give you more respect for how difficult it is to be an actor than watching top talent like John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet and Oliver Platt struggling to treat the film's ungodly language and situations with perfect seriousness.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Emmerich favours hoisting his camera high and dry to give audiences the best panoramic view, but it removes all tension from proceedings - you're always at a safe distance.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Two and a half hours of heaving and cleaving and crashing and crunching.
Neil Pond - American Profile
Most of all, I liked the airlifting of giraffes to ark safety via helicopter and the bizarrely unreasonable cheeriness of the beleaguered survivors who all but shout "hip-hip-hooray" after billions of other Earth citizens lose their lives.
Dave White - Movies.com
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
At points, 2012 was tedious enough to make us feel like we were in the theater until 2012
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
A headache inducing mess of apocalyptic proportions, 2012 is a woeful greatest hits package of disaster film cliches, mixed with shallow social commentary.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
In line with the U.S.-centric heartbeat of 2012, most other nationalities, particularly the Russians, are viewed as imbeciles and/or mere extensions of crude stereotypes - clever Indians, honourable Chinese, stylish Italians, and so on.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
You don't have to say more than "it's a Roland Emmerich film" to get the full brunt of the quality of the production. Great visuals, but weak dialogue and scenarios.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
It's cinematic waterboarding and there was more than one occasion during the film when I was convinced it was never going to end.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
I can't claim to have seen every terrible film in cinematic history, but in my fairly extensive watchography, 2012 is certainly in the top 5 worst ever.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
Action-packed entertainment builds around efforts, not to prevent the destruction of the planet, but to plan for the continuation of the human race.
Annlee Ellingson - Moving Pictures Magazine
It's the end of the world as we know it%u2026 again! But hand it to Roland Emmerich, an old hand at cinematic Armageddon, for making the apocalypse such an entertaining ride.
Sean Axmaker - Seanax.com
The strongest thing about this movie is the "this I have to see" factor. If only the story had the same kind of groove going as the effects.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Berlin Alexanderplatz feels like a Saturday afternoon matinee compared to this.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Even though the extras [on the DVD] are chock-a-block, they are still for a bad movie.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The end of the world movie to end 'em all, it turns out to be a sort of cross between the sci-fi camptacular When Worlds Collide and every previous Emmerich movie. Guilty pleasures galore.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
Plausible plot points, great special effects and characters we care about. That's really about all you need to enjoy this Apocalypse Wow!
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Emmerich would be better off losing the pretense of respectability and embracing the B-movie showmanship that is clearly his strength.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Unbelievably dumb and sentimental movie.
Chris Laverty - Clothes on Film
Uno supone que presenciar el fin del mundo deberia ser un evento realmente dramatico, sin embargo estamos ante una pelicula excesiva y ridicula que se parodia involuntariamente a si misma.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
My enthusiasm for 2012 is not because I think it's high art with an important social message. Screw that %u2013 this movie is about pure spectacle, and it pulls that off fabulously.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
There's a whole world of destruction going on in the film's ridiculously excessive special-effects sequences. But there's a whole lot of entertaining going on, too.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Emmerich deals in crayon-kit characterizations and shots of famous monuments crumbling into dust
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
2012 is well made spectacle. It's finely crafted trash. It's in on the joke, and it's laughing along with you.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
there is a misanthropic rush to be had from watching all those cities getting destroyed real good.
James O'Ehley - fantastiqueZINE
I'm curious, just a bit, about what goes on in the mind of Roland Emmerich. Does he know that he makes some of the best comedies ever written?
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
As with "Independence Day," "2012" is what comes of hiring legitimate actors to hawk hokum. And "2012" certainly is all cheese on wry, but it's smart within its means as a palpable, if popcorn, lesson about parental and personal responsibility.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
Pour le "meilleur" et pour le pire, le cineaste allemand nous livre au bout de ces deux heures et demie de tapage et d'exuberance son oeuvre la plus aboutie a ce jour.
Jean-Francois Vandeuren - Panorama
Train wreck. Car wreck. Plane wreck. Boat wreck. Please tell me you've picked up on the common theme here people.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Gleefully over-the-top, this film takes the disaster movie pretty much as far as it can go
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
It's missing the point to note that the patriotism on display in '2012' is embarrassingly shallow, as are Emmerich's genuflections to the value of faith. This is not a movie of ideas, but one of visceral thrills. On that level it's hardly inspired.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
In the final forty-five minutes the movie starts to feel very long and played-out.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
works best when it immerses us in the vulgar mayhem, rather than when it's asking us to care too deeply
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
What's so frustrating about "2012" is that it could have been a great action movie. If the special effects team can do their jobs, certainly better writers could have been hired. But no. Just try finding a surprise.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
An Oscar-caliber cast and dazzling visual effects can't rescue this formulaic disaster flick from a script flooded with generic dialogue and preposterous plot points.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
As the action becomes less fabulous and more repetitive over 2012's 150 minutes, the philosophical debate ratchets up.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
If you want to see the most incredible end-of-the-world footage rendered since Nic Cage's Knowing, buy a ticket. Otherwise, it'll look just fine on your television next year.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
... the farfetched beginning is such a turn-off that as the story becomes more credible, we don't have much patience to forgive the absurdities that dominate the first half.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Emmerich's desire to cram as many hairbreadth escapes and eternities of suspense as possible into one movie ultimately feels more like an eternity plain and simple.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The worst sins of dialogue are visited upon the wonderfully soulful Chiwetel Ejiofor, who has to remind creepy government types that those massive high-tech arks are for all of us, not just the rich and powerful.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
A more delightfully bad movie hasn't been seen in all of 2009.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The special effects are pretty special but the plot is a drag
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Here's a movie that's dopey, cheesy and sometimes downright silly. But it's a disaster movie. It's supposed to be ridiculous.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
It's great to see Fred Astaire, er, Danny Glover back in the saddle as the President of the United States. It's the first time America elected a President whose campaign slogan was 'I'm too old for this s**t.'
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
2012 rarely convincingly places its stars in the midst of destruction.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
It was your average D Day film with all the bells and whistles and while many will enjoy it, it could have been better.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
...two hours and forty minutes of the same action scene recycled over and over again...
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Even though this movie's running time of two and a half hours is about one hour too long, there's still some pretty cool disaster stuff on the way.
A.O. Scott - At the Movies
If they had just put a decent story with these fabulous special effects, this could have really been something special. "2012" could have done without so many of its characters like those two guys on the Love Boat.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
2012 is the expensive, large-scale version of the same spectacle presented by downmarket counterparts like the Final Destination and Saw franchises.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
2012's cutting-edge CGI special-effects technology combine with the campy failings of the worst of the 1950's B-movies making for an unlikely comedy of disaster-epic proportions.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Spectacular special effects and one of the dumbest screenplays of the year.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
After the deplorable 'Day After Tomorrow' I wasn't expecting much, but this is an entertaining movie with mind-boggling special effects.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
A boring, stupid, overlong, obnoxious, soulless piece of Hollywood "product."
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
With a planet sized disaster film, there are nation sized holes to pick at if you choose, but there's a world of fun to be had if you sit back and let the destruction wash over you in this fantastical, mind blowing visual feast.
Giles Hardie - Unknown2
Emmerich doesn't mess around when intent on messing up the world for good. But his pop apocalypse multiplying man's worst fears, always goes down easy with a side order of popcorn. Apocalypse Wow.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
An eye-popping, insult to the intelligence strictly for the kiddies and crackpot doomsday enthusiasts.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Primal, not tactful
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
The movie never takes its foot off the accelerator, leaving the viewer with little time to breathe. You will be sorry if you have to take a bathroom break.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
It's pointless to fault '2012' for being silly or perpetuating scientific and historic baloney. Instead, the new movie's unforgivable transgression is that it fails to make any of the apocalyptic destruction fun.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
...2012's relentless emphasis on destruction ensures that most viewers will inevitably walk away satisfied.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
2012 is a fun ride, so long as you don't think about how silly it all is.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Amazing special effects assume the starring role here, but cast members also deserve recognition for adding a humanistic touch to this over-the-top disaster movie.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
There's a dash of Tibetan mysticism, a soupcon of comeuppances, and one family discovering what is really important. Take it for what it is and leave logic to fend for itself
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
It's over two-and-a-half hours of Roland Emmerich simulating the experience of the "ID4" dog outrunning the fireball. It's slaphappy ludicrousness taken to an epic level.
Dan Fienberg - HitFix
160 minutes of this nonsense is at least 90 minutes of back story too many.
Sonny Bunch - Washington Times
The world will end not with a whimper, but a bang - and another bang, and another bang, and another...
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
In the proud tradition of Roland Emmerich movies, "2012" is incredible in every sense of the word: totally not credible, and yet hugely entertaining.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
There's nothing to root against, no recipient to rage against the dying of the light. There's only the spectacle of the world crumbling and the dreary aftermath of cleaning up what's left.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
In between the explosions and quakes you sometimes hear snatches of the script, and then wish you hadn't.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
A double-stuffed, hysterical success that demands to be seen on the biggest screen you can find. If you can keep from busting up during the part with the helicopter and the giraffe, you may be a robot.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Roland Emmerich is an apocalypse chef. In 2012 he cooks America till it boils, adding live meat to the process at judicious intervals.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Formulaic and frenzied, it's a spectacular but ultimately silly blast, drawing on every cataclysmic disaster movie you've ever seen for its Noah's Ark flood concept.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
An astonishingly impressive and entertaining disaster movie... one of the must-see films of the year.
Mark Adams - Sunday Mirror [UK]
This isn't disaster porn, it's a disaster gang-bang.
Scott Von Doviak - culturevulture.net
The effects ring curiously hollow since the human side of the film is so undeveloped... Heed my warning and avoid this massive turkey.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Even if most of the Earth were to be destroyed by a natural cataclysm predicted long ago by the ancient Mayans, director Roland Emmerich would surely survive, if only to crawl back and polish off what little was left.
Kurt Loder - MTV
2012, a near three-hour movie built entirely out of special effects set pieces and join-the-dots characterisation.
Kevin Maher - Times [UK]
2012 delivers everything you could possibly want from a blockbuster disaster movie.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Disaster movies can't get any bigger than this (until Emmerich makes a film about Earth crashing into Mars or something). But it's fair to say they can get a whole lot better.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
This may be one of the dumbest disaster films ever made, but they sure do blow up things real good.
Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton - Dread Central
It's the end of the world as escapism. It's an event movie. It's daft. The visual effects are amazing. See it on a big screen.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
Fundamentally terrible, but almost irresistibly entertaining. Its horrors get a tad monotonous in the mid-section, but it's still a value-for-money hoot.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Thrilling, but not earth-shattering.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
...Roland Emmerich has done it again - he has delivered a movie that can pass for either a sunny atrocity or a brilliant black joke.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
[Emmerich's] most cliched, predictable, overblown, special FX-milking EPIC yet.
Dean Essner - Maxim [UK]
Throw in bits and pieces from all other disaster movies, up the global destruction ante, turn on the waterworks (literally and figuratively) and you've got 2012.
Kit Bowen - The Movie Kit
The latest end-of-the-world effort from director Roland Emmerich, who there but for the grace of God goes Michael Bay.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
If 2012 is an apotheosis of all disaster movies, that means it's also an apotheosis of all disaster-movie clichés.
Steven D. Greydanus - Christianity Today
Packages the disaster-happy director's greatest hits into one cataclysmic picture.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
Emmerich's vision of global huddling and new-dawn optimism has a harebrained naivety you almost want to treasure, but that's this idiot behemoth of a film all over: dim, dim, dim, and so absurdly overscaled that we're not supposed to mind.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
You don't get off a rollercoaster and complain about the lack of storytelling.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
To put it as simple as humanly possible, if you decide to go see one of director Roland Emmerich's end-of-the-world films you should know exactly what you are getting into.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
Had Emmerich whittled down his overstocked cast and downsized the soap opera, this really would have been a case of Apocalypse Wow. If you've an appetite for destruction, though, it'll still send you home with a smile on your face.
Neil Smith - Total Film
Congratulations, John Cusack! You star in the worst movie of the year!
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
[J]ust as the cyclones and tsunamis of The Day After Tomorrow ultimately succumbed to a bad case of narrative frostbite, 2012's ludicrous thrills begin burning themselves out by the movie's midpoint.
Christopher Orr - New Republic
Why does Roland Emmerich enjoy killing off humanity?
Edward Havens - FilmJerk.com
Christopher Orr - The New Republic
2012 is a Roland Emmerich movie, so that means the world collapses while actors try to find a safe place to speak their inane dialogue.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Emmerich attempts to outdo himself in every reel, but the end result is too long, too cheesy and too lacking in self-awareness to be the brain-off, block-busting thrill ride it should have been.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Preposterous? You bet. But 2012 delivers the disaster-movie goods better than any other popcorn movie we've seen since the '80s.
Randy Myers - San Jose Mercury News
2012 is straight ahead smash the world to smithereens while a cadre of characters placed in soap opera situations deliver unintentionally laughable lines.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
At the end of the day (oops, a rash choice of words), go for the great effects. And stay for the unintended laughs. Though it's for all the wrong reasons, this film is highly entertaining.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
...goes on so long it starts to feel like the fifth piece of chocolate cake when two or three would have been more enjoyable.
Sarah Boslaugh - Playback:stl
Master of Disaster Roland Emmerich lives down to his reputation with what amounts to the biggest snuff film of all time.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Sound idiotic? Preposterous? You bet. But 2012 delivers the disaster-movie goods better than any other popcorn movie we've seen since the '80s.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
How is it possible that a $250 million film can be less effective on it's audience than the $11,000 Paranormal Activity. The film is laughably bad.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
Despite gasp worthy special effects, '2012' clunks along with yakety, cliched speeches and a familiar aka cliched plot that taps into virtually every disaster flick ever produced.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
2012 does answer the question of what a filmmaker with no great attachment to logic does when he can't choose between instruments of destruction. The answer: he exploits them all.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
The scenes of destruction composed by Emmerich's team--earthquakes, tsunamis, rains of earth and fire--have an enveloping majesty; they transcend mere expensive photorealism and cross over into art.
Eugene Novikov - AMCtv.com
If the world had actually ended two hours into the film we'd all be discussing how awesomely stupid 2012 was in heaven.
Matthew Razak - Examiner.com
2012 is terrible, lazy, Hollywood trash. It is completely unoriginal with no structure, a script akin to having a drill put through your eardrum and a talented ensemble cast who are so obviously going through the motions.
Limara Salt - Little White Lies
The money shots are there in spades for 2012. It's utterly unbelievable but a blast to watch. And on a big screen, it's pretty impressive.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Complete codswallop but perversely entertaining.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
It is better that the world ends here, right now, this instant, in a calamitous and civilization-decimating apocalypse before anyone else has to suffer through the disaster of a disaster film that is 2012. You'll thank me later.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
2012 director Roland Emmerich never met a landmark he didn't want to crush with a digitized fireball, boulder or avalanche.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
2012 is no disaster movie, it's a high-rent remake of The Parent Trap.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
Se a morte de seis bilhoes de pessoas ajudar uma crianca a abandonar as fraldas, nao tera tudo valido a pena?
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
If you want massive spectacle, an orgy of disaster-movie cliches and schadenfreude run riot, you won't be disappointed. Cinematic popcorn doesn't come poppier, cornier (or cheesier) than this.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Bigger, louder, crazier and more wildly exhilarating than anything previously attempted.
Tom Huddlestone - Time Out
A cheesefest on an epic scale, 2012 is a case of computer processors working overtime to compensate for a lack of action on Emmerich and co-writers Harald Kloser's word processor.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
2012 may be the biggest disaster movie ever made, an awesome and ridiculous film that leaves you thrilled beyond the point of your natural endurance.
Andrew O'Hagan - This is London
The bad news: The world as we know it has come to an end. The good news: Mommy's new boyfriend was squashed in the gears of a giant high-tech ark, so Daddy's back in the picture!
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
It feels about 2012 minutes too long, a bloated epic that outstays its welcome long before the credits have rolled.
Chris Tilly - IGN Movies UK
The script is nonsensical and while the actors do their best they are, inevitably, dwarfed by the breathtaking visual effects. Emmerich has outdone himself this time; this is a film that makes Independence Day look modest.
Jamie Russell - Radio Times
158 minutes represents a heavy investment in time and popcorn. But the unrelenting pace, almighty effects and sheer tongue-in-cheekiness make it more than worth your while.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
There's a calamity far greater than the disintegration of the Earth's core that dooms the film '2012,' it's a lesser known phenomenon that most disaster films are smart enough to steer away from ... the magic of 'star power.'
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
It is as if screenwriters Roland Emmerich, who also directed, and Harald Kloser simply screened earlier films and borrowed bits and pieces.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
The audience paid for money shots, and money shots are what they get.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
The Ron Jeremy of disaster porn.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
A graceless mess that will insult the intelligence of everyone who encounters it, even those who were actually looking forward to seeing it in the first place.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Easily the best bad movie in years, 2012 is hilariously over the top.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Now we know how the world ends -- with a whimper, a very loud whimper.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Hokey happenstance, big special effects, some are pretty cool. It's no masterpiece, makes embarrassing mistakes, but I must admit - I really enjoyed the raw excitement.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Doomsday is good therapy. What does it matter that billions die if that brings a family together in one big hug?
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
A soothing bath of Hollywood tropes and cliches.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
If you feel like you've seen all this genre has to offer, save your ten dollars and take comfort that you're probably right.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
If you're looking for some wicked-cool visuals and destruction on a scale that even Emmerich has never put on screen before, then 2012 is for you. Plot and character development? Move along, nothing to see here.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
There are times when 2012 feels as if it is not going to end until 2012...
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
There's so much ambitious spectacle, but it's surrounded by so many lazy contrivances that one would want to gasp in astonishment if one weren't chuckling and groaning in aggravation so often.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Emmerich, though, is not fundamentally a funny filmmaker. He's fundamentally cheesy, and there's always something flat and phony to those few scenes meant to give his movies some modicum of humanity.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
2012 is a sideshow ride, a rollickingly good thrill until it loses momentum in the last act, but even so, at 158 minutes, there's plenty of bang for your buck.
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Aside from a couple solid action sequences, this bloated epic is exhausting instead of exciting and sentimental but not sad.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
I don't think that, other than Zombieland and The Hangover, I've laughed this hard all year, although I'm sure the comedy in 2012 is 90% unintentional.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
At 160 minutes, it's too long. And this isn't exactly brainy fare. If you think too hard about this dopey science-fiction thriller, you'll surely find fault with its physics and similarly sketchy plotting.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Roland Emmerich's latest Irwin Allen-on-steroids disaster movie is the mother of all apocalypse movies, and it mostly satisfies...
Todd Gilchrist - Sci Fi Wire
Cliched, bombastic, coincidental, corny and technologically implausible, "2012" is so silly it might be entertaining if it didn't go on so long.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Hollywood's most successful one-trick pony, Emmerich claims to favor "human stories" over end-of-the-world spectacle, but watching 2012 is like watching a sausage machine explode.
Jeff Shannon - Seattle Times
Emmerich mounts an all-out assault on the world and on quality filmmaking with this bloated disaster flick
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
Actors say silly lines with deadly seriousness. Exposition is wielded like a sledgehammer. All you can do is grit your teeth and wait for the next wave of destruction.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Too long by an hour and populated with nothing but stereotypes, we ultimately want the world to come to an end, if only so we can get up and go to the bathroom.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
I can't believe I'm saying this, but 2012 filmmakers should have hired Michael Bay as an artistic consultant. Yes, the same Michael Bay who made Transformers and Pearl Harbor.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Giant-sized, explosive and technically astounding. This is no less than the end of the world Roland Emmerich is dealing with, and he tosses into the pot so much delirious spectacle that, yes, there are even kitchen sinks in sight.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
2012 Offers Hope in the Face Of Spectacular Disaster.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
The amount of inanity exceeds the quantity of the special effects...and the movie is filled to the brim with them.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Emmerich wavers between shocking, silly, and maudlin like a toddler would fingerpaint with red, yellow, and blue.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
Thrilling, ridiculous (the script, by Emmerich and longtime co-writer Harald Kloser, is riddled with howlingly goofy lines and seriously improbable deus-ex-machina moments), and just plain big, dumb fun.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Remarkably, "2012" doesn't even really try to be profound, which is a good thing. All it tries to do is what it knows how to do best: entertain. At that, it comes up a winner.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
"2012" is yet another example of technological genius and story-telling mediocrity.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
There are fates worse than death, and 2012 is one of them.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sets a goal and slamdunks it, squeezing in so much fun that by the credits, I'd forgotten about Woody Harrelson's turn as a pickle-chomping AM radio meteorological messiah.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
Independence Day began a game of landmark-destroying one-upmanship. Here, Emmerich takes the competition global, but the soundtrack's organ-rattling low-end makes a deeper impact than the film's visuals.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
Step right up and prepare to be mesmerized, bowled over, and generally blown away by Roland Emmerich's 2012, a movie that is guaranteed to be the last word on impending cinematic Armageddon for the foreseeable future.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
At worst, it's a gruesome, depressing subject as viewed from the seat of a passing roller coaster.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
Emmerich, Bay and their brethren need to learn how boring these CGI onslaughts have become. When we see 18 skyscrapers collapse and several dozen vehicles wreck at the same moment, what do we focus on?
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
People talk about "formula" almost always as a pejorative, but formulas get to be formulas because they work, and there's something to be said for a formula picture done almost to perfection.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
It depicts a world where no one, man or God, has much say in what happens to the planet, and where the survival of one family outweighs the deaths of billions. What does that say about us?
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
A very long, very loud, and very stupid disaster flick that apparently accomplishes what it set out to do, which was to be long, loud, and stupid.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The defining entrant in, and the nadir of, the disaster porn genre.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
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Jim Judy - Screen It!
It's easy to mock throwaway blockbusters like 2012, but as enthralling, mindless entertainment, the film is difficult to fault.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
A preposterous, overlong mess that's filled with cheesy dialogue and cliche-ridden characters.
Scott A. Mantz - Access Hollywood
those signposty speeches allow for a kind of logic amidst all the mayhem. And such mayhem!
Peter Paras - E! Online
Emmerich wasn't content to merely make the biggest disaster movie ever: he had to make every disaster movie ever... [I]t's like something Ed Wood would have made if he had a budget...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
It's an exhausting, clumsy mess, and its moments of excitement are eventually toppled by the unstoppable tsunami of cheese.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
The Earth's crust destabilizes, quakes and tsunamis run riot, and continents shift, opening up a chasm directly under Columbia Pictures, the folks who hired Roland Emmerich to direct the movie.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
A gargantuan mess.
Clay Cane - BET.com
Wow special effects and a top supporting cast can't override the numbing length of this best-of disaster movie blockbuster.
Julian Shaw - FILMINK (Australia)
2012's narrative is super-banal and so are its special effects.
Armond White - New York Press
After seeing 2012 I had to take a shower I felt so unclean. If 2012 succeeds, we'll have the deluge of crap. It won't be the Rapture; it will be the Evacuation.
Tony Macklin - Fayetteville Free Weekly
Sure the blu-ray DVD will look great on your home theater as ambient background for your next house party, but that's about it.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
It's big and cheesy and if you're in the mood for a dose of exaggerated end-of-world chaos, this is the popcorn movie for you. Roland Emmerich has gleefully combined every possible disaster extreme with child-like enthusiasm: massive visual effects
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Each CGI blow-out feels progressively more synthetic and wearing.
Nick Setchfield - SFX Magazine
Guilty pleasures don't come guiltier than 2012.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
If you're the kind of movie goer who will happily munch popcorn at the sight of the apocalypse, 2012 will do the trick just nicely. And nastily.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Terrible with no story, a god-awful cast led by the cursed Amanda Peet, and stale dialogue. Cheesy CGI.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Roland Emmerich provides the next entry in the "Apocalyptically Disastrous" subgenre of mega-blockbuster cinema, following up Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen with an equally soulless depiction of life at the end of the world.
Simon Abrams - Slant Magazine
Like all its predecessors, this carefully choreographed entertainment offers nothing new. But there sure is a lot of it.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
Roland Emmerich has thrown everything imaginable at the screen in this mother (nature) of all destruction flicks.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
"You'll be thoroughly entertained throughout, but hate yourself for liking it afterwards"
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
A deliriously ludicrous, guilty pleasure of a blockbuster in which the end of the world is turned into a two-and-a-half-hour rollercoaster ride.
Mike Goodridge - Screen International
Apocalypse new? No such luck: more like apocalypse same ol'.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Roland Emmerich's 2012th epic disaster movie to date (give or take) is spectacularly loud, laughably ludicrous and insanely entertaining for all the wrong reasons.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
This movie is a disaster. At least it would be if it didn't fall into the "so bad it's good" category.
Colin Newton - Sunday Mail (Australia)
Size matters: a winter popcorn movie and guilty pleasure, this mass entertainment of mass destruction is not one coherent story but a calculated, cliche-ridden, often humorous pastiche of all the disaster movies made in Hollywood.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
"Sit Down and Buckle Up!"
Clint Morris - Moviehole
It's easy to scoff at the over-reliance of CGI in contemporary cinema but for a film like this it's part and parcel of the whole, and computer generated effects have never before been used as spectacularly.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
Emmerich supposedly spent $260m to give you the biggest experience for your ticket dollar and in this regard, he has succeeded tremendously, while, intentionally or otherwise, also delivering one of 2009's best comedies.
Michael Adams - Empire Magazine Australasia
Terrible; wonderfully terrible.
Patrick Kolan - IGN Movies AU
I enjoyed "2012" for its mother-of-all-disaster-movie pretensions and amazing special effects.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest