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The Thirteenth Floor (1999)



Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 63
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 45

Bad script and confusing plot undermine the movie's impressive visuals.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 16

Bad script and confusing plot undermine the movie's impressive visuals.



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The increasingly blurry lines between what is real and what is an artificial construct - both physically and philosophically - are the point of focus in the science fiction drama The Thirteenth Floor. In 1937, a man named Fuller (Armin Mueller-Stahl) gives a note to Ashton (Vincent D'Onofrio), the bartender at a swank hotel, that's addressed to Douglas Hall (Craig Bierko). Fuller tells Ashton it's crucial that no one else sees the note, and that the information enclosed is of great importance.

May 22, 2001

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All Critics (79) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (45) | DVD (18)

Thirteenth Floor tries to be complex but is merely confusing.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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This is a film about deeply confused people that seems likely to put viewers in a state of deep confusion for most of its running time.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Wildly uneven!

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
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An overwrought but underwritten sci-fi item.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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A marvelous film right up until its inappropriate ending leaves you feeling betrayed.

January 1, 2000 | Comments (3)
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's an effective noir thriller that keeps you, if not on the edge of your seat, at least curious about what might happen next.

February 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

As cold and sterile as a piece of machinery.

November 15, 2009 Full Review Source:

based on the Daniel Galouye book "Simulacron 3," first published in the 1960s. ...High-tech and hippie-dippy philosophies go together about as well as chocolate ice cream and brown mustard.

July 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Rehashes every Star Trek: The Next Generation episode where the holodeck goes haywire.

May 30, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

The film starts strong presenting a captivating scenario, then somewhere in the second half dips into a sappy romance.

September 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

This movie is one of those good, thought-provoking, adult-oriented science fiction sleepers like "The Arrival," "Gattaca" or 'Dark City.'

January 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The Thirteenth Floor is as unlucky as its title regarding lively acting, believable dialogue and a compelling plot apart from the sci-fi aspects.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Screen It!
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As compelling as a knock-knock joke!

January 1, 2000

Feels like a bit of a rehash!

January 1, 2000
TV Guide's Movie Guide

In the post Dark City, Matrix, eXistenZ cinematic world, it has a decided 'been there, done that' sensibility.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: NUVO Newsweekly
NUVO Newsweekly

The dialogue isn't aware it's cliched and hilarious; the soundtrack thinks it's backing an intense urban thriller.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Citysearch

It might work best as a rental at home with the sound turned off so the laughable dialogue will not insert itself between you and the movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Individual moments and ideas come off as far more powerful, and memorable, than the overall whole.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

This atmospheric and elaborately knotted tale is wrapped in a pretext that is more preposterous than mysterious and not very involving.

January 1, 2000
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Audience Reviews for The Thirteenth Floor

I quite enjoyed the complexity of this film. Somewhat like the Matrix in that the question is "what is real?". I had the advantage that I recorded it on my PVR, so I could go back over the parts that were most confusing.
October 6, 2013

Super Reviewer

Furthur speculation on the Frankenstein hypothesis, namely: does the thing created to emulate life actually possess a soul? A computer programmer is suspected of murdering his employer, but did he? The only clue is in the new project - untested as of yet, in this piece that borrows style from Blade Runner, Dark City and Tron.
September 30, 2011

Super Reviewer

The Thirteenth Floor, what was I thinking when I watched this Movie at first? There is really no point in the Movie. This is weird.
December 8, 2009
Wahida K

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Sort of a matrix wanna be but not too bad.
April 26, 2008

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