Thirteen Reviews

Page 1 of 9
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 18, 2003
Only a wake-up call if you were never a teenager, never met a teenager, and perhaps have never heard of teenagers, no matter how old you are.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
August 22, 2003
. . .no adult, and certainly no parent, should have to endure the attention-grabbing temper tantrum that is Thirteen.
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
August 25, 2003
its scattered moments of clearly-realized adolescent angst are scuttled by a wandering and frequently juvenile approach
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
February 26, 2003
Evan Rachel Wood's performance in 'Thirteen' is far better than 'Thirteen' is.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
September 2, 2003
Acting is excellent, and Hardwicke gives it a grainy video realism, but the film feels random and formless, with a flat, inconclusive ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
August 27, 2003
'Thirteen' is the kind of film (like the even-worse 'Kids') that will be described as 'shocking' and 'a wake-up call' by critics who haven't had any contact with actual kids since their own adolescence.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 29, 2003
Grounded by Hunter's heart-tugging and believable performance, Thirteen isn't as hysterical as Kids, but it comes close.
| Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 24, 2003
"Being realistic and avoiding mainstream clichés in a teen film is certainly commendable, but I'm not ready to declare this work as the eye-opener it perceives it may be.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
Top Critic
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 22, 2003
Only people who have forgotten their own adolescence, or who are terrified of relinquishing it, could find it startling to discover that teenagers do things to shock their parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 24, 2003
There's some resonance here for teens and parents who could take this as a cautionary tale. Just pop a dramamine before you go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
September 18, 2003
Dramatic without being totally original, [and] shocking without being too provocative.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide
September 29, 2003
Co-writer/ director Catherine Hardwicke has a talent for bringing emotion to the screen, but she must learn to channel it toward a deeper understanding of the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 58/100
Michael Brody
CinemaBlend.com
July 30, 2003
Is there anyone in the world who has not already figured out that growing into a teenager is difficult?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
September 24, 2003
[Offers] no understanding of why privileged kids sometimes descend into rebellious drug use and stupidity.
Jon Lap
Apollo Guide
August 30, 2003
Catherine Hardwicke's idea of context is the trite schematics of schoolyard popularity.
Full Review | Original Score: 65/100
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
Top Critic
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
September 5, 2003
Gritty indie After School Special.
Top Critic
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 20, 2003
It's just the latest in the long and proud tradition of pictures that exclaim, with a great deal of hand-wringing, 'Kids today!' If only it brought us closer to understanding them.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
March 30, 2004
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 12, 2008
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 14, 2003
Jim Judy
Screen It!
September 7, 2003
Although it's not a happy tale by any means - there are no easy or pat answers or solutions - it's certainly an engaging and intriguing one sporting terrific work both in front of and behind the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
September 5, 2003
Rachel Deahl
Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
October 1, 2003
Seeminlgly not too much more than another tale of a kid trying to make it through the treachery of growing up, Thirteen shows signs of a nuanced character study.
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004

Baltimore Sun
September 5, 2003
Top Critic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 5, 2003

Boston Phoenix
September 13, 2003

Guardian
January 15, 2004
Page 1 of 9