13 Going on 30 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

13 Going on 30 Reviews

April 26, 2004
Like Hanks in Big, and Jamie Lee Curtis in Freaky Friday, Jennifer Garner is funny and endearing ...
April 26, 2004
No question: 13 Going on 30 could have aimed higher, but it hits the target at which it carefully points.
Read More | Original Score: B-
April 24, 2004
Like a petulant 13-year-old, I'm still pouting over my disappointment.
April 23, 2004
A film whose far-fetched foundation is overshadowed by the endearing story.
April 23, 2004
If 13 Going on 30 isn't exactly original, it's still reasonably cool, thanks to Garner's uninhibited portrayal of a nerd trapped in a Sex and the City body, and to the inspired casting of Mark Ruffalo as the grown-up Matt.
April 23, 2004
A lot fresher than its premise, largely because of the terrific casting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2004
You find yourself rooting for [Garner and Ruffalo], despite the predictability of the premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 23, 2004
Provides a lighthearted, amusing and yet mostly honest version of a daydream most of us have had at one time or another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 23, 2004
It's nice to know that, Hanks or Garner, male or female, Big is still an idea that works, 16 years after it opened.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2004
Frothier than the sweetest drink at Starbuck's and deft in the slapstick department, the actress turns a generic female version of Big into a raucously charming teen fairy tale.
April 23, 2004
It's a surprisingly charming and fresh comedy that only becomes painfully saccharine in its last 20 minutes.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 23, 2004
Garner is so appealing as Jenna ... that she almost makes you forget you've already seen Tom Hanks endure similar travails in 1988's Big.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 23, 2004
The lanky action star of the cult television series Alias is assigned a tired playbook in this film, but she finds room to manoeuvre in a performance that exceeds expectations.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 23, 2004
An engaging and wholly preposterous gumdrop of a film.
Read More | Original Score: B-
April 23, 2004
Often 13 Going on 30's pleasures aren't deep so much as they are the trained responses to a push of our MTV-programmed buttons.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 23, 2004
You buy the magic because it comes with the territory. What I couldn't buy was the world of the magazine office, and the awkward scenes in which high-powered professionals don't seem to notice that they're dealing with a 13-year-old mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 23, 2004
It's looking for comedy and romance in the obvious places.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 22, 2004
Just when you think there is nothing left to mine in the body-switch genre, 13 Going on 30 is an unexpected pleasure, a buoyant comedy that will make you feel young again.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2004
Whenever [Garner's] on screen you don't want to look anywhere else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 22, 2004
A spirited comedy of complications whose derivative plot is bolstered by worthy messages, quaint '80s nostalgia and agreeable mush.
Read More | Original Score: B+
April 22, 2004
Amusing, charming and pleasantly nostalgic.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2004
While essentially a retread of Big, what keeps this body-switch comedy going is the director's love for actors, and his refusal to judge them by the characters they play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 22, 2004
As fantasy-formulaic as 13 Going on 30 is, writers Josh Goldmith and Cathy Yuspa ... haven't bothered to work out the sort of details that transport us too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 22, 2004
Garner is supposed to have a teenage mentality, but she marches around with preternaturally good posture and speaks her lines as if she's still auditioning for the part.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 22, 2004
Ms. Garner's performance is what sticks with you. She's hilarious, warm and cool.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 22, 2004
[Garner] is appearing in her first comedy since Dude, Where's My Car? And she seems to be having such a good time doing it that we can't help but be drawn in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2004
Unlike Hanks in Big, there's little consistency to [Garner's] character.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 22, 2004
Garner is a delight, a completely accessible personality in completely forbidding clothes.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2004
Subplots make the story feel labored, as if no one wanted to confront what it actually feels like to be a kid trapped in an adult's life.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 22, 2004
The thirtysomething in me was all, gag me with a spoon, but the kid in me was like, this movie's rad to the max.
April 22, 2004
For lack of an actual film to remake, Hollywood's fallback position is to concoct a hybrid cannibalization of not one, but several, past successes -- in this case, Big, Back to the Future, Peggy Sue Got Married and It's a Wonderful Life.
April 22, 2004
The movie is as flighty and mixed up as the adolescent girl at its center.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 22, 2004
A gender-bended Big with a Sex and the City gloss.
Read More | Original Score: B+
April 21, 2004
Once the movie gets going, it's funny, resonant, and magical in the same way Big was.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 18, 2004
The movie may not be as good, uplifting, or perceptive as Big, but it's one of the better teen girl-themed films of the year, and can be enjoyed by viewers of either gender in any age group.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 12, 2004
Jennifer Garner makes the transition from cult-fave TV action icon to full-fledged, ultra-charismatic feature lead in 13 Going on 30.
April 12, 2004
Thanks to a snappy script by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa and an effervescent performance by Jennifer Garner, this romantic comedy has a buoyant personality.