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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
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  1. FredT.
    Mar 16, 2007
    9
    Kudos to the Babluani brothers, true artists. Although he might have followed through with the existential denoument his film seems to require, by forcing him to live in the hell of his conscience, that's a mere quibble. this is a remarkably assured and compelling film.
  2. ChadS.
    Apr 4, 2007
    8
    If you've ever laid down a heavy bet: let's say the sport is horse racing, and your animal is trailing the leader; your wager takes precedence over the health of that horse who's kicking your horse's ass. You become a complete moron and a-hole. "13 Tzameti" can't accurately be called an extrapolation on sports wagering if the competition that Sebastien(George If you've ever laid down a heavy bet: let's say the sport is horse racing, and your animal is trailing the leader; your wager takes precedence over the health of that horse who's kicking your horse's ass. You become a complete moron and a-hole. "13 Tzameti" can't accurately be called an extrapolation on sports wagering if the competition that Sebastien(George Babluani) finds himself entangled with is based on the testimony of a survivor who participated in such an event. Like a little bitch, I covered my eyes every time the next round would commence. It's absolutely horrifying. The disconnect between the dispassionate spectatorship of these formally-attired gentlemen, and the brutal spectacle of the "game" is downright chilling and flabbergasting. This is horror that a genre picture like "Black Christmas" can never match. "13 Tzameti" does a brilliant job of leading us to believe that Sebastien will be the most amoral figure in the film. Needless to say, he's a babe in the woods; resoundingly overmatched. "13 Tzameti" tantalizes the audience with this fundamental question: Is Sebastien's participation in the proceedings a crime, or all just part of the game?" In the last scene, "13 Tzameti" puts one of the two possible answers in its proper context. Collapse
  3. ArmanR.
    Oct 2, 2006
    8
    This is a complete Horror movie
  4. DavidB.
    Aug 18, 2006
    4
    Beautifully shot thriller which points to some potenitally interesting material but doesn't come close to exploring the dark side of human-kind. Once we realize what is going to happen, it is a long haul to the end because its obvious our hero will survive. The final denoument is a complete let-down - its as if the filmakers didn't know how to end the film or deal with the Beautifully shot thriller which points to some potenitally interesting material but doesn't come close to exploring the dark side of human-kind. Once we realize what is going to happen, it is a long haul to the end because its obvious our hero will survive. The final denoument is a complete let-down - its as if the filmakers didn't know how to end the film or deal with the potential shown in the first thrid of the movie. Very dissapointing. Expand
  5. 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 is the direction that helps tighten the tension and deliver a great thriller.
  6. 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 film is very low class and annoying.
  7. 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 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
    Filmed 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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Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. 60
    For me, the meticulous style, the fascination with ritualized (and ludicrous) violence and the film-geek self-referentiality all seem like markers of a film made by a young man, for other young men. If I were 23, and full to the brim with dark-hearted existentialism, I might love it too.
  2. Not for the faint-hearted.
  3. 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.