Thirteen: Miniseries Reviews

April 26, 2017
The premise for BBC3's first big online drama release is simple: kidnapped girl miraculously escapes her captor after years living in fear. But the story that unfolds is much more complicated.
April 25, 2017
The crime itself is supposed to be one of the major alluring elements of Thirteen, but the more we learn about the case the less enticing it becomes.
August 17, 2016
One of the great things about this series is that it forces you to confront your own lazy habits of thought, like judging characters in circumstances about which you know nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 5, 2016
Comer...delivers a stunning performance, playing on many levels at once, her growing disbelief as she understands she has spent much of her prime so isolated, convincing and heartbreaking.
July 1, 2016
Despite the intentional opacity of Comer's character in many scenes, she is fantastic, delivering an intensely physical performance that illustrates how often trauma manifests in the body.
June 27, 2016
Thirteen is somewhat of a retread of other television series with similar child abduction/returned premises, though it is made better by the performances of its core cast.
June 27, 2016
Creepy, measured, and mesmerizing, this drama takes a cliched premise and makes it fresh and absorbing with finely drawn characters played by magnetic actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 27, 2016
Comer's performance -- as a 26-year-old stunted as a 13-year-old -- is beautiful. She can be endearing, mystifying and aggravating, sometimes in the same moment. She'll keep you coming back to a mystery that grows darker with every revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 27, 2016
It's just a pale, murky example of how an artistic surface can't gloss over an unconvincing foundation of plot and characters underneath.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
June 24, 2016
Despite the well-worn premise, it's still intriguing enough to keep one wondering what will happen next and who's up to what, which is saying something.
June 24, 2016
Thirteen takes white-knuckle turns that elevate it from the expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 23, 2016
Created and written by Marnie Dickens (Hollyoaks), the five-part series is most magnetic when the camera - no matter if it's lingering on a close-up or framing her in a corner - captures the subtly changing nuances of Ivy's face.
June 23, 2016
For a crime story it is unusually gentle and generous toward its characters; it is not cynical or despairing - indeed, it is in the end a love story, or rather, several interlocking love stories set in contrast to the pathological mockery of one.
June 23, 2016
Switching from subdued to rageful, actor Jodie Comer convinces you of both Ivy's fears and her feral side.
June 22, 2016
The series paints an appropriately complex picture of how this kind of abuse works to break down the mind of its target.
June 21, 2016
We respond so immediately to any story about a missing child that we may even overlook weaknesses in writing, performances or direction. That isn't a problem with Thirteen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 17, 2016
Ms. Comer delivers a compelling portrayal as Ivy, who, even in the grip of terror, projects an air of dangerousness.