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13 Going On 30

Romance . Fantasy . Comedy

After total humiliation at her thirteenth birthday party, Jenna Rink wants to just hide until she's thirty. With a little magic, her wish is granted, but it turns out that being thirty isn't as always as awesome as she thought it would be!

Actors: Alexandra Kyle , Renee Olstead , Lynn Collins , Susan Egan , Sean Marquette , Christa Brittany Allen , Andy Serkis , Judy Greer , Mark Ruffalo , Jennifer Garner
Directors: Gary Winick
Country: USA
Release: 2004-04-23
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  • Owen Gleiberman

    The rare commercial comedy that leaves you entranced by what can happen only in the movies.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Nearly perfect in its own cotton-candy way.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    An unexpected pleasure, a buoyant comedy that will make you feel young again.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    While 13 Going on 30 is too formulaic to sustain the delicacy of emotion that gave "Big" its appeal, it has tour-de-farce moments that made screenwriters Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa's "What Women Want" such a monster hit.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The possibilities of Jenna's confusion are exploited for full comic effect. Garner, who turns out to be a charming, abandoned comedian, makes Jenna's incredulousness and innocence very funny and occasionally even touching.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Amusing, charming and pleasantly nostalgic.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Solidly entertaining.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    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.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    A charming, funny piece of wish-fulfillment for young girls -- and, if you're much older than that, a disturbing critique of modern male sexuality.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Ellen A. Kim

    Garner's vulnerable, winning performance strikes emotional chords (not to mention nostalgia) in this fantasy comedy.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Does a good job of reviving stale material. 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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Joe Leydon

    A star vehicle composed of second-hand parts that nevertheless gets great mileage (and big laughs) from its recycled plot.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    If "13 Going on 30" isn't exactly original, it's still reasonably cool.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Sara Gebhardt

    A film whose far-fetched foundation is overshadowed by the endearing story.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Garner may be a study in butt-kicking intensity on TV's Alias, but here, she's an engaging comic performer who more than carries her share of what is essentially an unoriginal, mostly average film.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jonathan Foreman

    The filmmakers have an pleasurably accurate sense of the embarrassments that darken early adolescence and of the amazing cruelty of teenage girls.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    It's looking for comedy and romance in the obvious places.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    The best thing about 13 Going on 30 is that an ever-game Jennifer Garner is cheerfully convincing as a 13-year-old in a 30-year-old body. The worst thing is the feeling we've seen this movie before, done better.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Garner bounces around gleefully as the young spirit enveloped by this adult body. She's young enough herself to remember what it was like to be that age, and she has the vulnerability, zest and slightly over-the-top reactions of a seventh-grader.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Angel Cohn

    Director Gary Winick serves up enough giddy fun that it's easy to turn a blind eye to the film's skewed sense of time and minor anachronisms.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Olly Richards

    If there's a criticism to be made, it's that the script doesn't push itself far enough with the moments in which it excels.

    Empire Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    I was so charmed by the opening scenes of 13 Going on 30, and so entertained by the middle portion of it, that I had high hopes for its ending -- hopes that were cruelly dashed. Like a petulant 13-year-old, I'm still pouting over my disappointment. Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Jennifer Garner is indeed a charmer, but she's the victim of a charmless treatment in 13 Going on 30.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mark Caro

    Plays like it was made by people who are 30 going on 13. The movie is as flighty and mixed up as the adolescent girl at its center.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    You won't find a load of laughs in 13 Going on 30, but there's plenty of whimsy, which is a close cousin of genuine humor.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    The director of 13 Going on 30, Gary Winick, was unable to infuse this material with either the sustained screwball cadences of his earlier "Tadpole" or an emotional resonance comparable to that of his superb "The Tic Code."

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Cheers and many happy returns to Garner as she makes her first starring film role. She's the real deal. But jeers to every other aspect of 13 Going On 30.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Jorge Morales

    Anyway, 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.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    The plot hinges on Jenna's horrified realization that her adult self is a witch, but 13 Going On 30 -- works foremost as a vehicle for its rising star.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The performances give the movie more flavor and life than the situation does; it often feels like prechewed Bubble Yum.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    Retreads a well-worn premise (Freaky Friday, Big) but the formula works, thanks in large part to star Jennifer Garner, who's so radiant theaters should be stocking sunblock.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    Does it have its moments? A few, but those alone put it head and shoulders above similar offerings featuring, say, Julia Roberts.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Marrit Ingman

    The film lacks the emotional resonance that made "Big" such a sentimental favorite with audiences of all ages.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    What could have been an engaging, maybe even enlightening story about the unfairly high price a woman pays for conducting herself like a man winds up as nothing more than a worthless, harmless and ultimately charmless piffle.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Isn't the best romantic comedy one might wish for, but it's more than good enough.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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