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Thirteen (2002)

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81

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 150
Fresh: 122 | Rotten: 28

An emotionally wrenching, not to mention terrifying, film about the perils of being a teenager.

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 5

An emotionally wrenching, not to mention terrifying, film about the perils of being a teenager.

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Prolific production designer and art director Catherine Hardwicke makes her directorial debut with the coming-of-age drama Thirteen. Los Angeles teenager and overachiever Tracy (Evan Rachel Wood) is an excellent student in her seventh grade class and gets along well with her mother, Melanie (Holly Hunter). She fears that she's not cool enough to be friends with Evie (Nikki Reed), the most popular girl in school. Fueled with genuine adolescent energy, Tracy follows Evie's lead into the harsh

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Catherine Hardwicke, Nikki Reed

Jan 27, 2004

$4.5M

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All Critics (163) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (122) | Rotten (28) | DVD (31)

Hunter and Reed are excellent, but it's the scarily talented 15-year-old Wood whose scorching, star-making performance drives Thirteen.

September 25, 2003
New York Post
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It's a Kids for a new generation of the too-young -to-be-this -messed up.

September 19, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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Although it borders on exploitation in several places, Thirteen packs an emotional wallop.

September 12, 2003
Arizona Republic
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It's a pretentious piece of Valley Girl vileness masquerading as social commentary.

September 11, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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A raw, disturbing look at a world adults would much rather not know about.

September 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Thirteen, a disturbing look at rebellious teens, is galvanized by emotional extremes and wrenching performances. But this gritty indie film also presumes a profundity that its edgy shocks and drama-queen histrionics don't deliver.

September 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Explicit peer pressure story for older teens.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

An excellent film with a great script, incredible acting, and a truly blunt cautionary tale...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A horror tale about a subculture in which impressionable girls drift under group pressure into drugs, piercing, self-mutilation, anorexia and shoplifting

November 1, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comments (2)
EmanuelLevy.Com

A rather basic tale about the perils of going along with the in-crowd and the extremes to which teenagers will act out for attention.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

a sober-sided Freaky Friday -- a chance to look through the eyes of a child

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

What power does a teenage girl have?

June 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Low IQ Canadian | Comments (2)

Al menos una película se las arregla para decir que el "american way of life" (...) esconde terribles tragedias domésticas.

May 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Can be admired for the truths it manages to expose, but it can't shake off the cheap feel of its horror movie tactics.

February 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Told with a hysteria usually reserved for sex-ed films

February 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Teens aren't just manipulative tyrants. Only the teens in Thirteen are. Thanks to Catherine Hardwicke's direction, Thirteen moves at the pace of adolescence.

January 30, 2004
Juicy Cerebellum

...a cautionary tale, and as such it is unlikely to be heeded by teens anywhere and unlikely to be seen by the very parents who might learn the most from it.

January 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Quite simply, Evan Rachel Wood is fantastic as a youth gone wild. Stellar performances will make you overlook Thirteen's movie-of-the-week-ness.

January 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

As the girls descend into realms of the irreparable, you twist and turn in your seats, in terror for them and also in empathy for Wood's character.

January 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinerina

'Es un claro ejemplo de que es posible hacer películas sobre adolescentes sin burlarse de ellos o del público. Esta es una película inteligente, con neuronas y muchas agallas'

January 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Moviola

"Thirteen" is a difficult age.

December 21, 2003 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The script was based on first-hand experience, and a lot of it rings chillingly true.

December 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Catherine Hardwicke's work is a dizzying wallop of a teen movie. . . . Thirteen is a handheld, bleached-out, rollercoaster reel of celluloid.

December 1, 2003
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Hardwicke shows great instincts, using a frenetic documentary style to hammer home the brutal realities of modern teenage life, but rooting it in an unusually sensitive portrait of mother and daughter.

November 25, 2003 Full Review Source: BBC

Wood's performance is revelatory, and she's matched by the always-terrific Hunter.

November 10, 2003
Creative Loafing

Is Thirteen a movie about hysteric teen-age girls, or a movie about a teen-age culture of hysteria, or is it a movie in hysterics about teen-age culture?

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
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Audience Reviews for Thirteen

How is this ugly, depressing pile entertainment?
November 12, 2013
jjnxn
jay nixon

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Thirteen is a decent teen drama concerning two troubled teens that started off well enough, but decided to take the rebellious route. I enjoyed the film somewhat, but I was pretty disturbed too. The performances from the two lead actresses were what made this film much better than what it turned out to be. This for me is not a film that warrants multiple viewings, as the troubled teen format is not something that really interests me. I've seen many teens act this way when I was in High School, all those years ago, and it just infuriates me seeing this. The story is interesting, but it does lack in some areas and it could have been done much better too. The film flawed, and it is hard to really enjoy because it's a dark film after all, one that showcases the rebellious behavior of teenagers and it's not something that is pleasant to watch. The film, like I said is a decent affair, but it never becomes anything more than what it should have been. This should have been an accomplished drama, but in the end it's just a so-so movie that feels like it's trying way too hard at being a work that portrays the darkest side of teenage angst. I really didn't like the characters, and found them to be primadona's and it just was a film that was quite depressing. Well acted with a decent story, Thirteen could have been a far better film as well. I really wanted to enjoy the film, but it's one of those films that just leaves a lot to be desired.
August 4, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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This film evokes a veritable plethora of negative emotion; I hated almost everything that occurred, but I didn't hate the film. This film explores the anguish caused by the immaturity of adolescence: the competition, the bullying, the need for conformity. Its characters are like those found in Larry Clark films, however 'Thirteen' has none of the sleazy, gratuitous perversion that Clark relishes. This film explores all the vices, it depicts the worst of impressionable adolescence, but the camera never lingers luridly.

The story is familiar, one that everyone can relate to. It's about Tracy (Evan Rachel Wood), a painfully impressionable teen who desperately wants to fit in with the 'cool' crowd, who ironically are anything but. The 'cool' kids are repugnantly crass - truly revolting people. Tracy unfortunately thinks otherwise, becoming best friends with the utterly amoral prize bitch Evie (Nikki Reed). Her influence upon Tracy is immediate, and their activities together soon escalate; Tracy quickly becomes a scheming, stupid and cruel little bitch, too. Her descent is exasperating to watch, partly through how powerless Tracy's suffering mother (Holly Hunter) is.

The performances are remarkably natural, they really are. It will never age in this respect, peak realism is shown here. Hunter and Wood have scenes of intense emotion, the kind of emotion so desperately strong that it transcends everything. The excitable exchanges between Wood and Reed are also commendable for their credibility. The film could be a real eye-opener to teens that are experiencing similar situations. The film would show them that Tracy isn't cool or radical; she's just another kid in the midst of a predictable, cringe-worthy cycle that has been experienced by millions from all generations.

'Thirteen' will have you wanting to commit acts of extreme violence. If you can restrain your temperament throughout the many scenes of vast obnoxiousness, gross injustice and scores of vulgar, idiotic characters - I salute you. All of this, however, is testament to the power of the film. It's an unpleasant watch, but the provocation it causes is interesting, I've written this review faster than usual!
October 16, 2012
Jack Hawkins
Jack Hawkins

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OMG. Teenagers. Seriously. (Really well done. Scary.)
June 25, 2012
Julie

Super Reviewer

    1. Melanie: I love you and your brother more than anything in the world. I would die for you, but I won't leave you alone right now.
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
    1. Melanie: I want you here with me. You're my heart. I'll make it right.
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
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