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13 Going on 30

13 Going on 30 (2004)

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64

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 162
Fresh: 104 | Rotten: 58

The plot's nothing new, but Garner shows a lovable flair for romantic comedies.

73

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 10

The plot's nothing new, but Garner shows a lovable flair for romantic comedies.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 650,652

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Movie Info

Thirteen-year-old Jenna (Shana Dowdeswell) has had enough with the trials of adolescence. In addition to being saddled with a devoted-but-nerdy best friend, Matt (Sean Marquette), she falls victim to one of the dangers of playing Seven Minutes in Heaven with the coolest kids in school: being stranded without a willing make-out partner. Humiliated, Jenna buries herself in the aforementioned make-out closet, wishing she could skip the whole adolescence bit and move straight into adulthood, and

PG-13,

Comedy, Romance

Cathy Yuspa, Josh Goldsmith, Niels Mueller

Feb 7, 2006

$56.0M

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All Critics (171) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (104) | Rotten (58) | DVD (33)

Like Hanks in Big, and Jamie Lee Curtis in Freaky Friday, Jennifer Garner is funny and endearing ...

April 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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No question: 13 Going on 30 could have aimed higher, but it hits the target at which it carefully points.

April 26, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Like a petulant 13-year-old, I'm still pouting over my disappointment.

April 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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A film whose far-fetched foundation is overshadowed by the endearing story.

April 23, 2004
Washington Post
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If 13 Going on 30 isn't exactly original, it's still reasonably cool, thanks to Garner's uninhibited portrayal of a nerd trapped in a Sex and the City body, and to the inspired casting of Mark Ruffalo as the grown-up Matt.

April 23, 2004
Washington Post
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A lot fresher than its premise, largely because of the terrific casting.

April 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Touching and hilarious Jennifer Garner romcom.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Jennifer Garner breaks character by forgetting that she's playing an awkward 13-year-old girl in a 30-year-old woman's body in this girly comedy

May 7, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Comment (1)
ColeSmithey.com

Naive as its young heroine, but also as good-natured. [Blu-ray]

February 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

The sheer predictability of the plot means it doesn't really stand up to the scrutiny of anyone older than 15.

June 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

A radiant woman looking like she's having the time of her life makes up for a lot of inconsistencies.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

A rehash of familiar material, but the engaging Garner is charismatic enough to make it magical.

May 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

While [it's] the Keystone Light of Vice Versa movies, it also annoyingly adds itself to the ever-growing list of movies that think being kitschy about the 1980s is funny.

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Lawrence.com

Alias superspy Jennifer Garner makes the most of her first starring role and discovers that love -- and navigating adult life -- really is a battlefield.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

Hypocritically smears the very mascara it wears.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

'Garner es simple y sencillamente adorable, mostrando que puede llegar a convertirse en una verdadera súper estrella'

January 24, 2005

Sickeningly cute, surprisingly energetic and alarmingly clever.

September 16, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

No es extraño que las niñas suelan colocarse rellenos para simular una mejor figura... o parecerse a Jennifer Garner.

August 10, 2004
Cinenganos

13 Going on 30 does work, thanks to its sprightly script and brisk direction and some priceless feel-good moments.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The greatest asset is Garner, who invests Jenna with disarming winsomeness and loads of klutzy teen-like charm

August 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Garner and Ruffalo take an average script and deliver a nice teen movie that harks back to the genre's golden years in the 1980s.

August 5, 2004 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

13 Going on 30, flyaway though it is, has heart and modest craft where other, similar movies just have plot mechanics.

August 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

It may not be an affront to most parents' standards in terms of content, but its intellectual offensiveness is obvious.

June 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Hopelessly predictable, with a gong-worthy deus-ex-machina dénouement to appease those darn test screeners

June 18, 2004 Full Review

Leaves you feeling cheated and a bit cynical about the whole experience.

June 4, 2004 Full Review
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Romantic comedy hits a new low, and my stomach bile hits a new high.

May 26, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for 13 Going on 30

Love this movie. Actually think I enjoy it more everytime I see it. Has a bit of everything in it. 80's flashbacks, and just a really sweet little story.
February 2, 2013
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Loved the ending!
October 6, 2012
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Just another dramatic romantic comedy, that it's a box office hit, without any reason.
July 26, 2012
Lucas Martins

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    1. Richard Kneeland: Jenna, my balls - Excuse my French - are in an iron vice. Corporates are twisting and squeezing like a bunch of dominatrixes on steroids, and now Lucy is presenting her own re-design without you. Could you tell me what is going on?
    2. Jenna Rink: What is going on is that you are going to have more choices.
    3. Richard Kneeland: With all due respect to Lucy, I'm far more anxious to know what you've been working on.
    4. Jenna Rink: Thank you.
    5. Richard Kneeland: I'm not trying to compliment you. I'm trying to pressure you.
    6. Jenna Rink: How long until your balls get totally squished?
    7. Richard Kneeland: Hopefully never, I'm rather attached to my balls.
    8. Jenna Rink: Can they hang in there til five?
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
    1. Jenna Rink: I love you, Matt. You're my best friend.
    2. Matt Flamhaff: I love you too, Jenna... I've always loved you.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
    1. Matt Flamhaff: You can't just turn back time.
    2. Jenna Rink: Why not?
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
    1. Jenna Rink: Matty.
    2. Matt Flamhaff: Yeah?
    3. Jenna Rink: Arrivederci.
    4. Matt Flamhaff: I'll see you.
    5. Jenna Rink: Matt!
    6. Matt Flamhaff: Yeah? [she gives him a look] Au revoir.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
    1. Young Matt Flamhaff: Arrivederci.
    2. Young Jenna Rink: Au revoir.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
    1. Becky: I like your dress.
    2. Jenna Rink: That's because I have these incredible boobs to fill it out!
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
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