Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
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  1. One wonders what its objective is other than the cynical obliteration of all hope.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    13 (Tzameti) is an existential horror film, a violent prank, a metaphor for modern Europe, and a first-time director's startling calling card.
  3. Creating a mood that suggests an unholy mix of Czech novelist Franz Kafka, American pulp fictionist Jim Thompson and French heist moviemaker Jean-Pierre Melville, Babluani's story is about the perils of get-rich-quick schemes.
  4. Although it's likely too stark for everyone, 13 Tzameti offers a mind-blowing experience for anyone willing to go along for the ride.
  5. The resulting jolts add up to one unforgettably surreal nightmare. Just be sure your heart can handle any surprises headed your way.
  6. 88
    Starts slowly but builds, Hitchcock-style, to a terrifying crescendo. And don't fool yourself into thinking you know what's going to happen.
  7. 13 Tzameti is cut from the same cloth as the humans-hunted-for-sport classic "The Most Dangerous Game" - and from that early talkie's many subsequent remakes and rip-offs, including John Woo's "Hard Target."
  8. 83
    A stylish and unnerving thriller that sucks you into surreal scenes of horror with the chilly confidence of a nightmare.
  9. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    63
    13 Tzameti is certainly nightmarish, but it's the kind of nightmare that fades instead of lingering on in the memory.
  10. The film's simplicity and intensity are aided by the crisp black-and-white photography of Tariel Meliava. Director Babluani's greenness shows itself in the ending, which is weak, but the film nevertheless stays with you.
  11. The language and the landscape is French, but the sensibility and style is unmistakably Eastern European.
  12. 75
    Géla Babluani is unmistakably a first-timer, and his debut project is raw and rough-edged. But he aces the way simple images can make the most of a simple story.
  13. Take 13 Tzameti for what it is: a tightly screwed shocker, a suspense tour de force that proceeds through a harrowing chain of events with alarming confidence.
  14. 70
    The work of both Babluani brothers is weirdly stilled and mature, already devoid of the need to show off--serves only to thicken the horror.
  15. 75
    Shot in neorealist black-and-white, it opens like a gritty slice of social drama, then takes a sharp turn into bleak, existential horror.
  16. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    70
    Shot like the grunge version of a '50s noir thriller from France (or Soviet Georgia), the black-and-white 13 (Tzameti) turns into a shocker of Tarantino proportions in protracted sequences of explosive violence that leave viewers quaking.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Feb 7, 2013
    8
    Filmed in widescreen black-and-white, this dark and harrowing film conveys the look of film noir combined with the bleak existentialistFilmed in widescreen black-and-white, this dark and harrowing film conveys the look of film noir combined with the bleak existentialist sentiments found in so many Eastern European works. "13 Tzameti" is a stylish thriller that is difficult to describe without giving too much away in a review.
    A deceptive first half ticks slowly by as the pieces fall into place. Sébastien (Georges Babluani) leads an impoverished life constantly struggling to support his immigrant family. While repairing the roof of a neighbor's house, he overhears a conversation about a forthcoming package which promises to make the household rich. Sensing the opportunity of a lifetime, Sébastien intercepts the package which contains a series of veiled instructions. Following the cryptic clues, he assumes a false identity and manages to slip through the grasp of the encroaching police as he ventures deeper towards the unknown. The closer he gets to his destination, the less he understands. Ultimately, he comes face to face with a perverse ring of gamblers placing bets on a depraved game of chance where the spoils are unimaginable millions, and the losses are counted in lives. Directed by Gela Babluani, "13 Tzameti" is a winner-take-all thriller where a naive young man is transformed into Player 13 in game with only one way out. Babluani turns this cryptic game of cat and mouse into a running nightmare of cold-blooded tension. Georgian-born director Babluani works like a prize fighter, distracting attention with one hand before slamming home with the other, and the clinical black and white photography only adds to the nightmare. Once the game is revealed, however, drama is sacrificed for pure tension. But although the outcome is never in any doubt, the twist in this nasty little tale is anything but a cheap shot. If you're in the mood for chilling suspense, place your bet on "13 Tzameti."
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  2. Jun 29, 2011
    3
    another damned wasted superb idea. an interesting and exiting idea have led to a boring and non effective movie. at technical aspect, the filmanother damned wasted superb idea. an interesting and exiting idea have led to a boring and non effective movie. at technical aspect, the film is very low class and annoying. Full Review »
  3. Jan 14, 2011
    7
    Could have been a masterpiece if the actors could ooze a bit more emotion. The script is good with a number of surprising twists, but it isCould have been a masterpiece if the actors could ooze a bit more emotion. The script is good with a number of surprising twists, but it is the direction that helps tighten the tension and deliver a great thriller. Full Review »