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13 Conversations About One Thing (2001)



Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 108
Fresh: 89 | Rotten: 19

Thirteen Conversations About One Thing is an intelligent and poignant look at lives intersecting.


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 6

Thirteen Conversations About One Thing is an intelligent and poignant look at lives intersecting.



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A group of people live their separate lives, unaware of the subtle interconnections that bring them together. There's a cocky attorney who becomes a fugitive following a hit-and-run incident, a math professor whose wife is the victim of a mugging, an insurance company manager troubled by his ex-wife and delinquent son, and a young woman convalescing after a car accident.

Nov 19, 2002


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All Critics (120) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (89) | Rotten (19) | DVD (11)

Resonates with intelligence and a poignancy.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Without getting grand or preachy, the Sprechers use an unconventional approach to coax us into asking ourselves fundamental questions.

July 11, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
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Often messy and frustrating, but very pleasing at its best moments, it's very much like life itself.

July 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Smart, serious and deftly composed.

July 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Each of these stories has the potential for Touched by an Angel simplicity and sappiness, but Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, for all its generosity and optimism, never resorts to easy feel-good sentiments.

July 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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lends higher philosophical and spiritual tone ... without preaching

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

A terrific film that follows several interrelated New York stories and the people barely existing within them.

December 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Poignant, touching, and in moments deeply philosophical, Sprecher's second feature is most interesting.

November 30, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Clea DuVall again shows why she's one of Hollywood's most under-rated actresses

June 18, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Comment (1)

So packed with intriguing ideas that it's well worth seeing, even if it feels rather clinical and aloof.

April 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Playfully wavers on the meaning of true happiness, the notion of karma and luck, and the possibility of hope.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregon Herald

Deposita suas energias nos entrecruzamentos de seus personagens e se esquece de que, teoricamente, deveria girar em torno das visões destes sobre o mundo.

July 16, 2004
Cinema em Cena

...populated by original characters that're almost always interesting to watch.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A dry, dim-looking film that's more about clever structure than meaningful stories.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Offoffoff

Fractured, flowing ensemble piece has a heart of true, sincere humanity -- and two brilliant performances.

February 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Netflix

Those who like to be intellectually and emotionally provoked, and who don't need action or hysterics to achieve it, will find this film sticks with you for a long time.

January 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

This simple idea, though, is told with wit, humor and an interesting warped-time chronology.

January 14, 2003 Full Review

As [the characters] get more depressed, the story gets more tiresome, especially as it continues to mount a conspicuous effort to be profound.

January 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Thirteen Conversations encircles the viewer in a comforting, open-hearted humanism. It's a quiet, modest piece of work, but no less lovely for it.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

While the whole of the film is satisfying, it seemed there were a couple of pieces missing from this jigsaw puzzle.

October 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

A deft, bracing web of coincidence, fate and consequence.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Just what makes us happy, anyway?

October 13, 2002 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

It wonders what life is all about.

October 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The overall result isn't drama as much as it is a dissertation.

September 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

Sort of an existential version of a Seinfeld episode.

September 18, 2002 Full Review
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Audience Reviews for 13 Conversations About One Thing

Several intertwining stories in this elegant confusion of an ensemble piece of a small film about THE MEANING OF LIFE (only w/o the capital letters). Excellent performances abound.
June 26, 2011

Super Reviewer

One of those intertwining ensemble stories that almost makes it but not quite. The titular "one thing" isn't always clear. It could be several things: fortune, happiness, love, guilt, faith, trust, fate, coincidence, et cetera. All the individual stories are really quite beautiful though, with moments of deep elation and moments of inexplicable grief.
April 13, 2011

Super Reviewer

Definitely an intelligent film. It's not for everybody, though. It's not the most entertaining movie I've ever seen. Eccentric, and at times confusing. Rather slow.
November 5, 2010

Super Reviewer

A man approaching middle age decides to change his life. A rising young attorney's plans are thrown into disarray as the result of a single act. A woman faces her husband's infidelity. An envious businessman seeks revenge on a cheerful coworker. And an optimistic young cleaning woman awaits a miracle. These ordinary people all find themselves asking the fundamental question philosophers have pondered throughout history: What is happiness, and how does one achieve it?..

Great Story... Casting was terrific, and acting, excellent Clea DuVall was fab.. well worth watching..
February 21, 2009
Lea Lea

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    1. Dick Lacey: Life only makes sense when you look at it backwards. Too bad we have to live it forwards.
    – Submitted by Frances H (5 months ago)
    1. Patricia: Ask yourself if you're happy and you cease to be so.
    – Submitted by Frances H (5 months ago)
    1. Gene: I knew a happy man once. It was a curse.
    – Submitted by Frances H (5 months ago)
    1. Gene: Show me a happy man and I'll show you a disaster waiting to happen.
    – Submitted by Chad E (3 years ago)
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