13 Going on 30 Reviews

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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 26, 2004
Like Hanks in Big, and Jamie Lee Curtis in Freaky Friday, Jennifer Garner is funny and endearing ...
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 26, 2004
No question: 13 Going on 30 could have aimed higher, but it hits the target at which it carefully points.
| Original Score: B-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 24, 2004
Like a petulant 13-year-old, I'm still pouting over my disappointment.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 23, 2004
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Sara Gebhardt
Washington Post
April 23, 2004
A film whose far-fetched foundation is overshadowed by the endearing story.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 23, 2004
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.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 23, 2004
A lot fresher than its premise, largely because of the terrific casting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 23, 2004
You find yourself rooting for [Garner and Ruffalo], despite the predictability of the premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 23, 2004
Provides a lighthearted, amusing and yet mostly honest version of a daydream most of us have had at one time or another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 23, 2004
It's nice to know that, Hanks or Garner, male or female, Big is still an idea that works, 16 years after it opened.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
April 23, 2004
Frothier than the sweetest drink at Starbuck's and deft in the slapstick department, the actress turns a generic female version of Big into a raucously charming teen fairy tale.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
April 23, 2004
It's a surprisingly charming and fresh comedy that only becomes painfully saccharine in its last 20 minutes.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 23, 2004
Garner is so appealing as Jenna ... that she almost makes you forget you've already seen Tom Hanks endure similar travails in 1988's Big.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 23, 2004
The lanky action star of the cult television series Alias is assigned a tired playbook in this film, but she finds room to manoeuvre in a performance that exceeds expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 23, 2004
An engaging and wholly preposterous gumdrop of a film.
| Original Score: B-
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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
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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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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 23, 2004
It's looking for comedy and romance in the obvious places.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
April 22, 2004
Just when you think there is nothing left to mine in the body-switch genre, 13 Going on 30 is an unexpected pleasure, a buoyant comedy that will make you feel young again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
April 22, 2004
Whenever [Garner's] on screen you don't want to look anywhere else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
April 22, 2004
A spirited comedy of complications whose derivative plot is bolstered by worthy messages, quaint '80s nostalgia and agreeable mush.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 22, 2004
Amusing, charming and pleasantly nostalgic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
April 22, 2004
While essentially a retread of Big, what keeps this body-switch comedy going is the director's love for actors, and his refusal to judge them by the characters they play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 22, 2004
As fantasy-formulaic as 13 Going on 30 is, writers Josh Goldmith and Cathy Yuspa ... haven't bothered to work out the sort of details that transport us too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 22, 2004
Garner is supposed to have a teenage mentality, but she marches around with preternaturally good posture and speaks her lines as if she's still auditioning for the part.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
April 22, 2004
Ms. Garner's performance is what sticks with you. She's hilarious, warm and cool.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 22, 2004
[Garner] is appearing in her first comedy since Dude, Where's My Car? And she seems to be having such a good time doing it that we can't help but be drawn in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 22, 2004
Unlike Hanks in Big, there's little consistency to [Garner's] character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 22, 2004
Garner is a delight, a completely accessible personality in completely forbidding clothes.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Jorge Morales
Village Voice
April 22, 2004
The thirtysomething in me was all, gag me with a spoon, but the kid in me was like, this movie's rad to the max.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 22, 2004
For lack of an actual film to remake, Hollywood's fallback position is to concoct a hybrid cannibalization of not one, but several, past successes -- in this case, Big, Back to the Future, Peggy Sue Got Married and It's a Wonderful Life.
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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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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 22, 2004
A gender-bended Big with a Sex and the City gloss.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 21, 2004
Once the movie gets going, it's funny, resonant, and magical in the same way Big was.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 18, 2004
The movie may not be as good, uplifting, or perceptive as Big, but it's one of the better teen girl-themed films of the year, and can be enjoyed by viewers of either gender in any age group.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
April 12, 2004
Jennifer Garner makes the transition from cult-fave TV action icon to full-fledged, ultra-charismatic feature lead in 13 Going on 30.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 12, 2004
Thanks to a snappy script by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa and an effervescent performance by Jennifer Garner, this romantic comedy has a buoyant personality.