In anticipation of a new release, there's a single statement that, without fail, gets theater-goers going: "I heard that was supposed to be really good."

Reviews have served as a guide to some of the most exquisite -- and excruciating -- movies of 2012. True, there are those films that you just have to see, no matter what, but some (ahem, "John Carter") couldn't escape their black-and-white wounds.

With 2012 almost at an end, what better way to wrap up the year than with a review round-up? Put on your party hats, below are 20 of the best and worst reviews of this year's most buzzy-worthy flicks.

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