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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 22
  2. Negative: 9 out of 22
  1. Well acted and crisply directed, this latest version can at least make a claim to competence.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Comes too late, far surpassed by similar and more visually stunning devices in "The Matrix," and even by the mind-bending realities of "eXistenZ."
  3. Darkly elegant cinematography helps compensate for awful dialogue and lackluster acting.
  4. For all the soaring visual splendor of its past, present and future, it's hobbled by a murky plot that proves to be not all that original once it starts unraveling.
  5. Let's just say that not revealing this film's idiotic intricacies would be like not divulging that the fish is rotten lest the news spoil the surprise of food poisoning. [28 May 1999, Friday, p.A]
  6. 30
    Fumbles on so many levels it's just plain silly. To paraphrase the film's tagline: The Thirteenth Floor: You can go there, but why would you want to?
  7. 10
    Offers no perverse philosophical conundrums and no eye-popping visuals. It's a dull, lifeless bore.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Aug 22, 2011
    Excellent sci-fi film, its ideas pre-date The Matrix and Inception. Multi-level reality and simulated worlds. I really liked this film, also the 1937 setting is excellent and well done. Expand
  2. Mike191
    Dec 21, 2005
    Really engaging.
  3. Feb 22, 2013
    The Thirteenth Floor was Columbia Pictures answer to the Matrix and is based on the award winning 1964 Sci-Fi novel, Simulacron 3 by Daniel Galouye. I have known about this movie for a long time, but was always hesitant to see it, because when something like this appears in theaters 6 months after a groundbreaking film like the Matrix, you fully expect it to be a complete rip off. I was sitting at home flipping through the channels and saw the Matrix on, but I didn't wanna see it for the millionth time and decided to see if the Thirteenth Floor was streaming and sure it enough it was, and what a terrific story it turned out to be! In the year 2000, scientists have found a way to transfer a persons consciousness into a fully interactive computer program which has the potential to replace video games. The creator however has discovered a major problem with the system and is found dead. The second in charge of the project soon learns the answer to this brutal murder appears in the simulator, which is a replica of 1937. The story is absolutely ingenious and I loved how the film jumps between present day and the 1930s, it was like watching two stories at once that you knew would eventually come together. Craig Bierko stars in what turns out to be one of his few leading roles and he's just terrific. I remember him as the bad guy in the Long Kiss Goodnight and I thought he was great then, and he's great now. To make the cast even stronger, they take the intense Bierko and pair him with Law Order's Vincent D'Onofrio, who is quite possibly the most intense actor in Hollywood. To top the whole thing off, this movie has a huge twist in the end, a twist that will make a lot of people wonder about the true nature of their own reality. The Thirteenth Floor is a fresh story with an amazing cast that will make you think, movies like this don't come along as often as they should! Expand
  4. Nov 7, 2013
    A Sci-Fi thriller about time traveling and virtual realities. The strongest advantage of this movie is it's plot, it's complex, BUT not mind-bending and also the main details are well-explained, there is no mess and it's easy to figure things out. The main disadvantage is the low budgetness: the visual effects are average, the actors are decent, but non of them are well-known. Summing up, we have a nice Sci-Fi movie. Expand
  5. Jan 30, 2011
    Unbelievably nonchalant in it's approach to existence and has none of the power exhibited by 'The Lawnmower Man'. It's simply uninspiring and feels like a real cold attempt at being daring or unique. All I could understand was how sarcastic this idea felt and that how the director has made a film that is inconsiderate to audience expectations. There is so little intelligence, flair or creativity on show that the good visuals are undermined. 40/100 Expand
  6. Sep 25, 2014
    A flat thriller that tried to imitate the matrix. The actors are poor, except for Vincent.

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