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The Thirteenth Floor (1999)



Critic Consensus: Bad script and confusing plot undermine the movie's impressive visuals.

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The increasingly blurry lines between what is real and what is an artificial construct - both physically and philosophically - are the point of focus in the science fiction drama The Thirteenth Floor. In 1937, a man named Fuller (Armin Mueller-Stahl) gives a note to Ashton (Vincent D'Onofrio), the bartender at a swank hotel, that's addressed to Douglas Hall (Craig Bierko). Fuller tells Ashton it's crucial that no one else sees the note, and that the information enclosed is of great importance. Moments later, Fuller transports himself to 1998. He's soon found murdered, and a shirt stained with Fuller's blood is found in Hall's apartment. Fuller and Hall both work for Intergraph Computer Systems, a cutting edge artificial intelligence firm, and the "past" Fuller was visiting was actually a stunningly realistic recreation of Los Angeles 50 years ago, complete with people you can meet and places you can visit, that exists only in a microchip. The message he left with Ashton, however, is real. Some people, including LAPD detective Larry McBain (Dennis Haysbert) believe Hall murdered Fuller to assume his position of leadership at Intergraph. Jane (Gretchen Mol), Fuller's daughter, soon arrives on the scene, and Hall finds himself infatuated; Hall is determined to clear his name, so with the help of Whitney (also played by (Vincent D'Onofrio), he into the virtual 1937 in hopes of discovering just what happened. The Thirteenth Floor makes copious use of digital effects technology to allow its characters to travel between 1937 and 1998 - ironically using computer technology to create a world that exists inside a computer.

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Craig Bierko
as Douglas Hall
Armin Mueller-Stahl
as Hannon Fuller
Gretchen Mol
as Jane Fuller
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Whitney/Ashton
Dennis Haysbert
as Det. Larry McBain
Steven Schub
as Zev Bernstein
Leon Rippy
as Jane's Lawyer
Burt Bulos
as Bellhop
Jeremy Roberts
as Tom Jones
Tia Texada
as Natasha's Roommate
Shiri Appleby
as Bridget Manilla
Bob Clendenin
as Bank Manager
Rachel Winfree
as Woman Bank Customer
Meghan Ivey
as Chanteuse
Alison Lohman
as Honey Bear Girl
Hadda Brooks
as Lounge Piano Player
Ron Boussom
as Maitre'D
Ernie Lively
as 30's Cop
Toni Sawyer
as Grierson's Wife
Brooks Almy
as Bridget's Mom
Darryl Henriques
as Cab Driver
Suzanne Harrer
as Tired Dancer
Lee Weaver
as 30's Limo Driver
Geoffrey Rivas
as Security Guard
Travis Tedford
as Newspaper Boy
Jeff Blumenkrantz
as Choreographer
Andrew Alden
as Doorman
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Critic Reviews for The Thirteenth Floor

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (19)

Wildly uneven!

January 1, 2000

The fascinating and the mysterious become the silly and occasionally comical.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Thirteenth Floor tries to be complex but is merely confusing.

January 1, 2000

An overwrought but underwritten sci-fi item.

January 1, 2000

The makers of The Thirteenth Floor never figured out how to build a dramatically intriguing story around the concept!

January 1, 2000

Let down by some mediocre acting, pedestrian dialogue and slow pacing!

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for The Thirteenth Floor


I quite enjoyed the complexity of this film. Somewhat like the Matrix in that the question is "what is real?". I had the advantage that I recorded it on my PVR, so I could go back over the parts that were most confusing.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Furthur speculation on the Frankenstein hypothesis, namely: does the thing created to emulate life actually possess a soul? A computer programmer is suspected of murdering his employer, but did he? The only clue is in the new project - untested as of yet, in this piece that borrows style from Blade Runner, Dark City and Tron.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The Thirteenth Floor, what was I thinking when I watched this Movie at first? There is really no point in the Movie. This is weird.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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