Thirteen Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Explicit peer pressure story for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
An excellent film with a great script, incredible acting, and a truly blunt cautionary tale...
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
November 1, 2005
A horror tale about a subculture in which impressionable girls drift under group pressure into drugs, piercing, self-mutilation, anorexia and shoplifting
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
a sober-sided Freaky Friday -- a chance to look through the eyes of a child
Full Review | Original Score: A
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
June 13, 2004
What power does a teenage girl have?
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
May 30, 2004
Al menos una película se las arregla para decir que el "american way of life" (...) esconde terribles tragedias domésticas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
February 5, 2004
Can be admired for the truths it manages to expose, but it can't shake off the cheap feel of its horror movie tactics.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
February 1, 2004
Told with a hysteria usually reserved for sex-ed films
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
January 30, 2004
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.
| Original Score: 7/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 15, 2004
...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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Stacie Hougland
Hollywood.com
January 14, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 12, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 9, 2004
'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'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 21, 2003
"Thirteen" is a difficult age.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 6, 2003
The script was based on first-hand experience, and a lot of it rings chillingly true.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
Catherine Hardwicke's work is a dizzying wallop of a teen movie. . . . Thirteen is a handheld, bleached-out, rollercoaster reel of celluloid.
November 25, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 10, 2003
Wood's performance is revelatory, and she's matched by the always-terrific Hunter.
| Original Score: 3/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
October 17, 2003
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?
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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