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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Reviews

March 27, 2009
This intelligent, engaging indie introduces very human characters, with seemingly unconnected lives, whose paths cross.
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.
July 20, 2002
Resonates with intelligence and a poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 11, 2002
Without getting grand or preachy, the Sprechers use an unconventional approach to coax us into asking ourselves fundamental questions.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
July 5, 2002
Smart, serious and deftly composed.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 21, 2002
Thirteen Conversations may occasionally frustrate -- but it brings rich, thoughtful rewards.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 21, 2002
Frequently stilted and annoyingly abstruse as it is enlightening.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 21, 2002
One of those exceedingly rare films in which the talk alone is enough to keep us involved.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 14, 2002
A piquant meditation on the things that prevent people from reaching happiness.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 14, 2002
Less-than-great-but-still-very-interesting film.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: B+
June 14, 2002
The movie is brilliant, really. It is philosophy, illustrated through everyday events.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
June 1, 2002
Its hushed, contemplative quality is oddly affecting, as by the end, hope -- as the barstool philosopher might say -- springs eternal.
May 31, 2002
A major achievement and something to get excited about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
May 24, 2002
It tells more than it shows.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 24, 2002
Coulda been a contender.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 24, 2002
[Spreche's] lucid framing and graceful, deliberate pacing lift the movie above the pop mysticism of its conceit.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 22, 2002
[A] rare film that has you thinking about the characters as if they were real people.
May 21, 2002
The screenplay tries to digest Kant, Sartre, and Bertrand Russell, but seems preemptively fatigued by its appointment with Destiny.
April 24, 2002
The film's characters never gain our sympathies. Their depression becomes ours.