San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
There's something to be said for a formula picture done almost to perfection. In 2012, Emmerich gives you everything you expect, but gives it to you bigger.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
God forgive me, but I enjoyed the nerve-racking silliness of this newest, loudest exercise in destruction.
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The Hollywood Reporter

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.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
This film that imagines the end of the world not as a whimper but as an implosion is a preposterously diverting, instantly forgettable, big-screen video game.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The result is 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.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Doomsday views are a knockout, but the script is a real disaster.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The movie is an undeniable visual spectacle, but just as unequivocally a cheesy, ridiculous story.
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By Bob Mondello
Say this for Roland Emmerich's latest movie: It IS a disaster.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Operates in a dead zone roughly equidistant between parody and idiocy. You do get the connection between tongue and cheek, but much of the humor still goes thud.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Beware 2012, which works the dubious miracle of almost matching "Transformers 2" for sheer, cynical, mind-numbing, time-wasting, money-draining, soul-sucking stupidity.
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49 out of 100
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