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Based on 26 Reviews
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  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Except for an ending that's so implausible it might have derailed a less solid work, Twelve and Holding is a realistic and sympathetic portrayal of what it's like to be young and confused show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Illuminating and unsettling. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A movie with better parts than a whole. But where it's right, it's really right. show more

  • 70
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Lacks the powerful focus of the filmmaker's debut effort and often flounders under the weight of its melodrama and contrivances. But it also boasts many well-observed moments and features stellar performances by its youthful cast. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Twelve and Holding could have been a series of horror stories, but the filmmakers and their gifted young actors somehow negotiate the horrors and generate a deep sympathy. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Aside from its frank consideration of preteen sexuality, the most daring thing about Cuesta's extraordinary film is its willingness to put honest, intelligent dialogue in the mouths of kids. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    The kids deliver uniformly solid, occasionally remarkable performances. show more

  • 75
    New York Post

    The film 12 and Holding brings you back to when you routinely said things like, "I'm going to kill you" or "We're soul mates" and meant it. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Cuesta prizes curiosity and perception over conflict resolution. He likes the way kids take their cues from adults and the ways they revolt against them. Even as the kids do the ugliest things, the film stays cool without ever being cold. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Director Michael Cuesta hits the right notes with his characters. They are believable 12-year olds: intelligent (but not too intelligent) yet naïve, and trying with mixed success to navigate the path of adolescence. show more

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