13 Going on 30 Reviews

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Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 23, 2004
You buy the magic because it comes with the territory. What I couldn't buy was the world of the magazine office, and the awkward scenes in which high-powered professionals don't seem to notice that they're dealing with a 13-year-old mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 23, 2004
Often 13 Going on 30's pleasures aren't deep so much as they are the trained responses to a push of our MTV-programmed buttons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
April 20, 2004
Fans of Garner's, of which there are many, might find it cute and funny. I did not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Larry Carroll
FilmStew.com
April 23, 2004
Rick Springfield was a punch line by '83; Michael Jackson was in his "Bad" phase in 1987. No wonder Jenna's such a dork - her MTV is five years behind everyone else's.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 23, 2004
Lacks even one scene people will be talking about when today's 13-year-olds are 30.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 24, 2004
13 Going On 30 is the kind of movie in which the writers and director think a cute idea will carry the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
June 29, 2004
It may not be an affront to most parents' standards in terms of content, but its intellectual offensiveness is obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 7, 2009
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
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 26, 2004
[Garner is] buoyant and clearly having a great time. Too bad the filmmakers didn't put any more than the most cursory attempt into building any kind of plot around her.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric Melin
Lawrence.com
September 29, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 22, 2004
Winick's exuberant direction and Jennifer Garner's infectious performance... almost obscure just how trite and inconsequential this movie is
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 22, 2004
Takes the creative concepts of Big and turns them into a patently phony comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
April 22, 2004
God knows, a thirteen-year-old would have more sense. But that age is too sophisticated for dreck like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 23, 2004
You won't stop expecting Tom Hanks to jump in and dance out 'Chopsticks' on the big flat piano on the floor...
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 23, 2004
Thank you Jennifer Garner. You made a thoroughly mediocre movie a bit better than it has any right to be
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 25, 2004
Totally grody!
Full Review | Original Score: D
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 17, 2004
Por que contar a história de uma menina que se torna adulta se isto não será explorado pelo filme?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
April 22, 2004
The movie is as flighty and mixed up as the adolescent girl at its center.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
April 22, 2004
Subplots make the story feel labored, as if no one wanted to confront what it actually feels like to be a kid trapped in an adult's life.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
February 24, 2004
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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October 18, 2008
Scott A. Mantz
Entertainment Insiders
April 25, 2004
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March 3, 2012
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April 23, 2004

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April 24, 2004
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February 9, 2006

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August 4, 2007
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