13 Going On 30 2004

Critics score:
64 / 100

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Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: 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. Read more

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald: 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. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: You find yourself rooting for [Garner and Ruffalo], despite the predictability of the premise. Read more

Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune: The movie is as flighty and mixed up as the adolescent girl at its center. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: Like Hanks in Big, and Jamie Lee Curtis in Freaky Friday, Jennifer Garner is funny and endearing ... Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: A gender-bended Big with a Sex and the City gloss. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: It's looking for comedy and romance in the obvious places. Read more

Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times: Whenever [Garner's] on screen you don't want to look anywhere else. Read more

Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle: A spirited comedy of complications whose derivative plot is bolstered by worthy messages, quaint '80s nostalgia and agreeable mush. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: 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

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: Once the movie gets going, it's funny, resonant, and magical in the same way Big was. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: 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

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: Ms. Garner's performance is what sticks with you. She's hilarious, warm and cool. Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: 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. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: Unlike Hanks in Big, there's little consistency to [Garner's] character. Read more

Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger: 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. Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News: 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

Elvis Mitchell, New York Times: 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. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: 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

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: 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. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: 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. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com: Like a petulant 13-year-old, I'm still pouting over my disappointment. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: Provides a lighthearted, amusing and yet mostly honest version of a daydream most of us have had at one time or another. Read more

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune: [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. Read more

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Peter Howell, Toronto Star: A lot fresher than its premise, largely because of the terrific casting. Read more

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Claudia Puig, USA Today: Amusing, charming and pleasantly nostalgic. Read more

Joe Leydon, Variety: Jennifer Garner makes the transition from cult-fave TV action icon to full-fledged, ultra-charismatic feature lead in 13 Going on 30. Read more

Jorge Morales, Village Voice: 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. Read more