I saw this movie on a Netflix dvd about a year ago. Maybe I was depressed at the time or something, but I only gave it 3 stars.
Here is the review from Netflix:
When 12-year-old Rudy Carges (Conor Donovan) dies in a tree-house fire set by bullies, his death affects a circle of young lives. While Rudy's twin brother, Jacob (also played by Donovan), focuses his wrath on revenge, Malee (Zoe Weizenbaum) finds comfort in one of her psychotherapist mother's clients. Meanwhile, Leonard (Jesse Camacho), an overweight boy who escaped the blaze, begins a weight-loss regimen -- much to the dismay of his fat family.
Here are some outside reviews: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. ... Read More Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
Raw and unpredictable. It's also compelling. ... Read More 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. ... Read More http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/06/16/DDGL5JEOQL1.DTLStephen Holden, The New York Times
Michael Cuesta's film 12 and Holding flashes a laser beam on ... the moment between childhood and adolescence when unguarded emotions and fantasies still rule, but adult experience beckons. Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
Smart, compassionate filmmaking that captures both the intricacies and the tragedy of contemporary adolescence. ... Read More Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
The young cast is terrific, giving the stories unearned weight. ... Read More Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
Twelve and Holding unfortunately breaks down by trying to wrap up its problems too neatly. ... Read More