Despite a couple of half-hearted, half-baked twists tossed in at the last minute, the story never feels fully fleshed.
Rick Kisonak - MovieWeb
What's on screen is lazy, second-rate, phoned-in -- a heist in which it's the audience whose pockets have been picked.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Steven Soderbergh's unabashedly trivial sequel may be slim pickings, but when it works, it's a blast.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
The real-life camaraderie of Clooney, Pitt, Damon and the rest translates to the screen with charm and verve.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
In this sprawling oglefest, such things as 'narrative' and 'story' are remote little abstractions indeed.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
The whole thing is a piffle of fluff or a fluff of piffle. About halfway through you'll get an incredible hunger to see a movie.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
It's so well made and undeniably entertaining it should leap from tall buildings and wear a big 'S' on its chest.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
The movie noisily conveys the messy joy of its making, and insists that you have a good time as well.
Dennis Lim - Village Voice
How many movies recapture the blithe spirit of Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack, plus a sense of old-school star glamour?
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
Ocean's Twelve feels like a lark, a dashed-off confiture that isn't so much a movie as an excuse for a bunch of old friends to hang out in Europe with somebody else paying the bill.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
Ocean's Twelve works like a short-term charm. In several years, you won't remember much about the movie except what a good time you had watching it.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
We love these people like family, because they joke and whine and screw up just like our best friends would if our best friends were stealing $200 million.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
Logan Hill - New York Magazine
Soderbergh and his scenarists, George Clayton Johnson, Jack Golden Russell and George Nolfi, are doing a jazz riff. This isn't a caper movie at all, it's an improvisation on caper themes.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
This movie often seems like a big, swinging party with a can't-miss guest list.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
Offers a cheap (relatively speaking -- ticket prices aren't what they used to be), stress-free, vicarious vacation.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Some of the bits are hysterical, but others fall flat.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Who doesn't want to see George Clooney nuzzling alongside Julia Roberts, sipping champagne on the patio of an Italian villa? They're just so darn attractive and wealthy looking and on top of the world.
Tom Long - Detroit News
A better press conference than a movie.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Hits a new low in condescending facetiousness, with no fewer than 15 performers of varying talents, tongues firmly in cheeks, undercutting all the genre's action conventions while camping up a storm on two continents.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
Robert Koehler - Variety
It's the most high-end junk food imaginable, completely unnourishing and forgettable afterward, but delicious and all but impossible not to enjoy while it's in front of you.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
This slickly entertaining sequel is all about savoring eye candy.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
This embarrassing sequel to the 2001 remake of the old Rat Pack romp is bogus on a biblical scale -- a bunch of smug movie stars, goofing on their images, wandering through the wilderness for 40 years. Or what seems like it.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
In keeping with his general distaste for sequels -- this is his first, in fact -- Soderbergh has subverted all of the usual conventions, making the movie far more interesting than it has any right to be.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Ocean's Twelve lacks the courage of its star-driven convictions.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
It does the hard work of being a light, smartly turned-out amusement, the sort of thing that's becoming more and more rare on the movie landscape these days.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
If a caper comedy can't sustain a narrative line, all the goofy set-pieces in the world will come to naught.
David Edelstein - Slate
Pleasantness and affability reign supreme in Steven Soderbergh's sequel to the remake of Ocean's Eleven.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Instead of audiences feeling a part of a nifty conspiracy to pull off an audacious robbery, viewers are left largely in the dark as Soderbergh & Co. conspire to trick them with sleight of hand and misdirection.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
A lethargic would-be entertainment as well as a dispiriting vanity project, it is such a misfire that it makes it hard to remember what was special about its predecessor.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
A top-rate cast makes up for the thin plot.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
A self-indulgent lark if ever there was one. Lucky for us Steven Soderbergh is at the helm.
Jay Antani - Cinema Writer
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Nick Nunziata - CHUD
Modern anti-heroes. Criminals with heart. And these guys are stinkin' funny.
Lisa Ann Cockrel - Christianity Today
Dean Essner - Time Out
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Infuratingly lazy and insultingly smug. My choice for the worst film of 2004.
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Dean Essner - AV Club
...the only way [Bernie Mac and Eddie Izzard's] talent could have been less showcased is if they had been assigned to carpentry duty.
Uri Lessing - www.kcactive.com
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Dean Essner - Film Threat
So insubstantial as to barely register as an actual film.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Dean Essner - Future Movies UK
It's all lightweight fluff, to be sure, but it's fun, harmless, and, for me, completely engaging fluff.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Dean Essner - Independent
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
Badly thought-out sequel with an appalling script and several half-hearted performances - you'll have more fun watching the original again.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
All around, you can feel the strain of people trying very hard to make it seem like they're not trying.
Shay Casey - FilmFocus
(...) sinceramente, el espectador se da cuenta cuando un director talentoso hace algo con desgano, por el mero hecho de cumplir.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Dean Essner - BBC
I applaud Soderbergh, the producers and Warner Bros. for realizing that if I want to see Ocean's Eleven again, I'll pop it in my DVD player.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Tem seus bons momentos, mas o elenco parece estar mais interessado na propria diversao do que em entreter o espectador - e o ridiculo ato final deixa isto bastante claro.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
'The final half hour of the film is a tasty treat, clarifying the mess that comes before ...'
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Soderbergh's dirty dozen had me dozing....We're reduced to a silent partner, kowtowing before all the uber-coolness.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
En el universo de un ladron, nunca nada es lo que parece, ni siquiera los personajes.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
All these camera tricks, cameos and in-jokes momentarily distract the viewer, but one is left with nagging questions once the theater lights go up.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Ocean's Twelve keeps its characters at a distance; they entertain us -- and each other -- with their witty talk, but that's as far as it goes.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
... no improvement, unless one should care to marvel all over again at the utter lack of chemistry between [George] Clooney and Julia Roberts.
Michael H. Price - Fort Worth Business Press
designed to constantly evoke sparks and tension, particularly in its dry comedy, but nothing ever never quite catches
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Dean Essner - Sunday Times (Australia)
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
All things considered, the fact that Ocean's 12 is merely confusing, instead of entirely indecipherable, is somehow rather impressive.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
...the banter feels authentic...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
More fragmented than the original, but it's also slightly more substantial
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
Ocean's Twelve isn't much better than its predecessor, but at least there's a more focused attempt to create something tangible.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
George Clooney takes another dip into his Ocean
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Ocean's Twelve demeure un film sympathique et divertissant, mais sans plus et surtout pas au niveau du premier film.
Louis-Jerome Cloutier - Panorama
Jeez, this seems like a lot of talent for such a so-so movie.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Aren't these guys and gals just enjoying themselves on our dime and calling it a movie? Sure they are, but it works again.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Never taking a moment to look at itself without rose-coloured sunglasses, the film becomes a joke about Hollywood with no punchline.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
That Steven Soderbergh is able to make a borderline-engaging flick out of such a flimsy story is a sign of his skill.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
It is funny, but not AS funny; it is surprising, but not AS surprising; it is good but not AS good.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The movie is nothing more than an escapist diversion . . . taking you to sunny climes, displaying pretty people having a blast doing what they do best . . .
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Much of the pleasure of this wily cinematic exercise is watching Soderbergh and his crew bury the complex plot line's points under what appear to be a willfully perverse series of in-jokes and such.
Glenn Kenny - Premiere Magazine
This film's twelve times better than anything else on offer at the moment.
Clint Morris - Film Threat
It defies a minimum critical standard: providing a framework for the jokes that at least makes sense.
Mark Collette - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Twelve may be nowhere near the level of its predecessor, but it still works as a great ball of fun.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Terrible, even by sequel standards. What a disappointment.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Sequel is more self-effacing and satisfying than 2001 picture.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Mocking and torturing Julia Roberts on screen is always fun. And the movie has a few other laughs as well.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Too many cooks spoil a meal; too many stars spoil a movie.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Flashy, but not well thought out.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Meanders for a considerable time, looking for a plot, and by the time the movie hits its stride, it's a bit too late.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Star power and in-jokes make Ocean's Twelve an easy film to watch, but a hard one to care about.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
A bit of a mess. But a fun mess. Surfacey, fluff, chockfull of twists, and clever banter. An expansive cast lacking a single character with weight.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Scott A. Mantz - Entertainment Insiders
Same cast, the same crew, the same budget, and nearly the same story as the 2001 blockbuster-remake.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
The film is fun to watch, has a great soundtrack, but falls a little short on the story. Still it should prove a fun movie experience for most.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
Ocean's 12 is malt-liquor-on-a-Monday stupid.
Martin Scribbs - Mixed Reviews
It may be fluff, but it's some of the best fluff you're ever going to get.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
I can't tell whether the last sequence is part of the storyline or if it's footage from the wrap party; in either case, I can only report that we aren't really invited.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
Ocean's Twelve is clearly the work of filmmakers and stars who have come to play. It's not art and it's not substantive, but it sure is a blast.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Plot confusion and lazy pacing subvert this film's entertainment potential.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Post modernist fluff and nonsense: Beautiful, but vapid.
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
Christy Lemire - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
All in all, this isn't as good as it's predecessor, but this'll more than do.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
It's a throwaway movie, a harmless time-waster, but it'll make money, and moviemakers and viewers alike will most likely have a cheerful time with it.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
May be one of the most glamorous, goofy and heartfelt films about failure ever made.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
Ocean's Twelve makes up for all such potential failings with a generously entertaining spirit and a large cast that brings Rat Pack familiarity and a winking sense of savvy to roles they've played before.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
The real heist here is Soderbergh's: The director has hijacked the caper film that viewers expect and replaced it with what can only be called a Steven Soderbergh movie.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
It has an air of desperation; a feverish need to keep up the polished streetwise skill of its predecessor.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
The pleasures are entirely in the digressions, which are silly and often delightful.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
The movie is fun in the way reading Us Weekly is fun, except that it takes longer to get through.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Ocean's Twelve is a very capable sequel. It's too bad it isn't quite as fun.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Much of the movie feels improvised, with laid-back actors tossing off one-liners that work far more often than they don't.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Even more than in the first film, the plot here almost seems a distraction from what really matters -- the playful relationships, humorous asides and frat-house pranks of this Rat Pack of the New Millennium.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The film purports to tell a heist story, but it is utterly lacking in logic, tension or intrigue. And it ends in a way that resets the bar for ludicrous.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Hey, these boys and girls just want to have fun. This time, though, it is at our expense.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
A fun-filled, mind-twisting romp featuring a cast that obviously had just as much fun making the film as the audience does watching it.
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
This lackluster sequel was surely much more fun to make than it is to watch.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The chief appeal of this breezy caper comedy lies in the easygoing camaraderie of the stars, who are clearly enjoying themselves onscreen.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
The director keeps an adroit and amusing balance between his movie's broad heist-flick appeal, its pointed in-jokes, and - gasp! - actual character development.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
All of the Personnel: A Fraction of the Fun
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
Bathes in gritty Euro-trash funk that plays nicely against the fresh-faced celebrities littering the sets.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
The second time around around, none of this is nearly as fresh or lively.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
A shell game without a pea.
David Frese - Kansas City Star
So full of shameless vanity that each ticket stub should come with a mirror, a make-up case, and a high-priced plastic surgeon.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Wow! These people have fun when they make movies and it shows!
John Venable - Supercala.com
Such an amiably lazy sequel that you half expect it to crawl out from under the screen, curl up at your feet and take a doggie nap.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
One of those movies that looks like it might have been more fun to make than to watch.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Rarely has crime seemed so glamorous, what with these mostly well-dressed, largely attractive, immature scamps languishing in posh surroundings.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
This loose, slightly lazy sequel is both funnier than the original and more bizarre; though Danny and crew operate under a death threat for most of the movie, nobody seems to care.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Like 'casual day' at the office, 'Ocean's Twelve' is not exactly cause for celebration, but it's a pleasant break from the norm.
James Sanford - James Sanford on Film
Ocean's Twelve is an even more insipid movie than Ocean's Eleven, which itself was pretty stupid but at least was kind of cool.
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
The European scenery is so distracting and the actors are so slick you may not notice the most valuable thing stolen is your time.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
It's an absolutely unnecessary sequel that fails to keep the buzz of the original going.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
[F]eels forced where Eleven is natural and instinctive; this new one is smug where the original is casually laid-back.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Resonating with Rat Pack ring-a-ding-ding, it's a silly sequel but, considering star value alone, it should sell a lot of popcorn.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
While the movie's lack of pretentiousness is refreshing, there's also a nagging sense of laziness to it.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
The real pleasure of Ocean's Twelve rests in the way it strips the enamel off of the glamorous celebrity vehicle and makes us think -- actually, seriously think -- about why we enjoy such air-brained entertainments.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
Not quite up to the glitzy fun standard of Eleven, but Twelve is still fun.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
... there's a limit to how much smug, self-indulgent fun we can stand, and this movie comes dangerously close to that limit.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
2 big jobs, 5 heist attempts - 11 guys, 1 wife, 1 ex-girlfriend, 1 very angry casino boss, and 2 outside thieves - you do the math... it adds up to a good time at the movies.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
It's about as mesmerizing as watching Clooney, Pitt, Roberts and the gang walk the red carpet at a movie premiere.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Ocean's Twelve is silly, but it looks great and the cast shares the fun they're obviously having with the audience.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Pitt and Clooney seem to be on paid vacation, goosing their egos like jolly truants (the royal theft here is their salaries).
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
The movie is an incredible exercise in style, a real movie-lover's movie.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
They make the Rat Pack look like a chain gang.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
With Ocean's Twelve, Hollywood moves a step closer to the glorious day when it will no longer have to rouse itself to the bothersome task of making movies at all, skipping straight ahead to what the studios truly care about: the marketing campaign.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
A goofy, stylish heist movie that'll steal moviegoers from other pictures as surely as Danny Ocean and his dirty dozen will get their hands on the Faberge egg they've decided to filch.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
...as a celebration of the chemistry and camaraderie among some of Hollywood's brightest stars, the movie dazzles.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
George Clooney again charms effortlessly as Ocean...
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
It looks like fun, but the audience is never in on the joke.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
It's the new recruits - Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vincent Cassel, Robbie Coltrane and comedian Eddie Izzard - who really steal this show.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
Plenty of comic zip and last act twists to spin a fan's wheels even though you can't shake the feeling it's team roulette for a boxoffice repeat.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
The thrill isn't entirely gone, but much of the surprise element is.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
very much a Soderbergh film, with his trademark jump-cuts and color schemes and various other amusing narrative devices.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
The film is just too smart and twisty for its own good.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
A gorgeous treat.
Tracy Allerton - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The scene-stealers are back!
Staci Layne Wilson - Fantastica Daily
...an insult. It's like making moviegoers pay for someone else's overseas frat party
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Watching Clooney and crew is like the ultimate nerd dream--hanging out with the cool, sharp-dressed, fast-talking kids in school and living up every moment with them.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
Please, no questions of logic.
John Anderson - Newsday
As a caper movie, it's a travesty that's impossible to understand or follow, but it's quite funny and clicks along nicely as a giddy, self-deprecating showcase for its gaggle of stars.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Sassy, classy con flick sequel is like jazz improv from a room full of pros -- smooth, stylish and swingin' fun.
James Rocchi - Netflix
fundamentally weak material, even discounting the cacophonic title
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
I went into this movie wanting enjoyable junk entertainment, and that's what I got.
Anthony Del Valle - Las Vegas Mercury
A super slick, super smart heist sequel ...a fast-paced tale of ego and revenge concocted as a labyrinth of time jumps, double crosses, twists and surprises.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
It's a lark to watch this top-drawer cast strutting their stuff in such a playful manner.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Pure arrogance, taking its predecessor's success as license to do absolutely, unquestionably whatever the hell it wants.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Like one of those schoolboy projects to build the best vessel to drop an egg without breaking it, except here the egg comes courtesy of Faberge.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Instead of delivering an even modestly clever riff on the heist genre or worthy follow-up, they are be-boppin' and scattin' all over themselves and the audience.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Better than Ocean's Eleven.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The story is so convoluted I doubt that it makes any sense even if you had the time or interest to concentrate. The best part of the movie is looking at Zeta-Jones
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
The film itself is like a glossy European fashion magazine come to life, with beautiful location shots, stylish direction from Steve Soderbergh and comfortable, winking performances.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Ocean's Twelve Soderbergh's globe trotting sequel is a blend of retro cool, old-fashioned star vehicle, postmodern playfulness, and self-reflexivity.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Twelve is not only the new Eleven, it's also the new Ishtar.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Plays like The Italian Job in very slow motion ... a high gloss bore.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Meets its snappy predecessor head on and wilts in comparison.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Thinks it's hip, but its old-fashioned, anything-goes attitude is less engaging than vaguely obnoxious...far more fun for the performers than the viewers.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Sure, it's style over substance, but you have to admire the style.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
A time capsule of the current A-list first and a motion picture second, it'd make a great calendar: one idol per month.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
It's the coolest, hippest caper movie since Ocean's 11, which makes me very excited!
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Cluttered and chaotic. The cast coasts on cool, packed in like sardines and elbowing each other for screen time. It's an ice cream headache.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
There's so much mugging in this film that I kept checking my pockets to see if my wallet was missing.
Keith Uhlich - Slant Magazine
Ridiculous heist foisted on us by beautiful actors.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian