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Based on 9 Reviews
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  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Here is an unsuccessful movie with some surprisingly successful scenes. It has moments when it is electrifying and passages where it slows to a walk. show more

  • 38
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A wildly misanthropic and overlong black comedy. show more

  • 50
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    There are scenes here and there that are worthy, but many that aren't. Lipsky tries to use dialogue to cover up weaknesses in other areas - such as why these people behave the way they do. Some of the movie is inviting, some of it off-putting. show more

  • 40
    Eric Hynes Time Out New York

    Despite a few moments of surprising insight, Twelve Thirty comes off as more mechanistic than organic; it's composed rather than truly lived. show more

  • 58
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    A supremely dense coming-of-age drama steeped in weighty blather at the expense of emotional validity. show more

  • 70
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    aAn ambitious ensemble piece in which every actor is able to shine and every character is a master of the well-turned phrase. show more

  • 60
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Above all, it loves its characters and the actors who play them. A fearless, talented filmmaking auteur working on a limited budget, Mr. Lipsky insists on doing it his way and letting the chips fall where they may. More power to him. show more

  • 50
    Village Voice

    A film more satisfying in occasional isolated moments than as a coherent dramatic entity. show more

  • 50
    J.R. Jones Chicago Reader

    Jeff Lipsky invests this indie drama with admirable intelligence and insight, though these fine qualities are undermined by a sense of writerly artifice. show more

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