Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Reviews

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David Stratton
Variety
March 27, 2009
This intelligent, engaging indie introduces very human characters, with seemingly unconnected lives, whose paths cross.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's entertaining, well-written, slice-of-life stuff, but I'd rather spend 90 minutes with one of these stories than flit between several in a manner that does little to illuminate any of them.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 23, 2002
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
Resonates with intelligence and a poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 11, 2002
Without getting grand or preachy, the Sprechers use an unconventional approach to coax us into asking ourselves fundamental questions.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 10, 2002
Often messy and frustrating, but very pleasing at its best moments, it's very much like life itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 5, 2002
Smart, serious and deftly composed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
July 4, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 21, 2002
Thirteen Conversations may occasionally frustrate -- but it brings rich, thoughtful rewards.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
June 21, 2002
Frequently stilted and annoyingly abstruse as it is enlightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 21, 2002
One of those exceedingly rare films in which the talk alone is enough to keep us involved.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 14, 2002
A piquant meditation on the things that prevent people from reaching happiness.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 14, 2002
Less-than-great-but-still-very-interesting film.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 14, 2002
Nothing fantastic or supernatural ever happens, but you can still feel cosmic forces at work behind the scenes, conspiring to repeatedly test the movie's characters, doling out reward and punishment in equal doses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
June 14, 2002
The movie occasionally threatens to become didactic, but it's too grounded in the reality of its characters to go over the edge. A touch of humor or an unexpected plot twist always pulls it back.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 14, 2002
The movie is brilliant, really. It is philosophy, illustrated through everyday events.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 13, 2002
It works in fits and starts, but you never shake the feeling that it's trying too hard.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 13, 2002
It shows how, in the cosmic scheme of things, disconnected acts and people do connect. And that they inalterably change each other.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 6, 2002
The Sprecher sisters like people enough to rejoice in their happiness and commiserate with their sorrows, and they should certainly be encouraged to keep on making movies.
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
Its hushed, contemplative quality is oddly affecting, as by the end, hope -- as the barstool philosopher might say -- springs eternal.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 31, 2002
A major achievement and something to get excited about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 26, 2002
[Sprecher's] imagination is both literal-minded and free-form.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
May 24, 2002
Even if the working parts in Conversations aren't all up to snuff, the movie does succeed in leaving you attentive and prepared for any stirring in the outside world that will affect your day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 24, 2002
13 Conversations demands the utmost concentration, for to look away from the screen for even a brief moment is to risk losing a plot line or a crucial bit of information, but its cumulative, transporting impact makes it worth the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly
May 24, 2002
It tells more than it shows.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 24, 2002
Coulda been a contender.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 24, 2002
[Spreche's] lucid framing and graceful, deliberate pacing lift the movie above the pop mysticism of its conceit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 23, 2002
It takes a while for this oddball film -- a mosaic of stories in the style of Magnolia -- to take hold, but when it does, it grabs you hard.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 22, 2002
[A] rare film that has you thinking about the characters as if they were real people.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
May 21, 2002
The screenplay tries to digest Kant, Sartre, and Bertrand Russell, but seems preemptively fatigued by its appointment with Destiny.
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Joe Mader
Hollywood Reporter
April 24, 2002
The film's characters never gain our sympathies. Their depression becomes ours.